Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 March 2009

Southern Africa / Rainfalls caused massive damage



Southern Africa / Rainfalls caused massive damage


WINDHOEK, Namibia, March 28, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general


The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that recent rainfalls across Southern Africa have caused massive damage to land and property, and displaced several thousands of people in Angola and Namibia.  Angola alone has seen 160,000 people affected by the rains, and OCHA fears that number is likely to increase.


Schools and other public buildings are being used as shelter, a situation that has caused an interruption of classes.  With some $600,000 already allocated to various emergencies actions, UN humanitarian agencies are requesting more funds from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is managed by OCHA.


In Namibia, where 13,000 people have been displaced, many health facilities and schools are either flooded or inaccessible.  The Namibian President has declared an emergency for the north-central and north-eastern part of the country, and appealed for international assistance.  In response, a flash appeal for Namibia is now being finalized.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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