UN agencies appeal for $3 million for Namibia flood victims
3/31/2009 7:17:38 PM -
More than 2.7 million dollars is urgently needed
to support the Government of Namibia in responding to the plight of up to 350,000 people hit by widespread floods, a United Nations spokesperson said Monday.
Around 17 per cent of the southwest African country's population has
been left bereft of shelter, water and sanitation, health, food, protection
and education in some degree, according to the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which has launched a Flash Appeal for the funding together with agencies of the Organization and their partners, the UN Information Centre in Accra said a statement.
Since the beginning of 2009, torrential rains in the north-central and north-eastern regions of Namibia had swollen rivers to levels not recorded
since 1963 and claimed an estimated 92 lives, OCHA said.
The Office added that the cumulative effect of flooding in both 2008 and 2009 has increased the general vulnerability of the population, given that Namibia has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world, estimated
in 2008 at 15.8 per cent of the adult population.
Angola, Mozambique, most of Zambia, northern and southern Malawi, and northern Botswana had lso been hit by deluges, OCHA said.