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Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:00 - Updated Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:00

Water programme launched in draught-hit Gambos


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Gambos – Twenty water abstraction systems are being built as from Wednesday in the municipality of Gambos, the most seriously affected by the draught in southern Huila province.

This is under a programme designed to lessen the impact of the draught in the region, launched by the secretary to the head of State for Social Affairs, Simão Helena.

The programme that is estimated to cost Akz 1.0 billion (1,00 Usd is Akz 100,00) includes the construction of new water reservoirs for the cattle.

The works will last two months to cater for more than 50,000 people in the region, with each system with the capacity to supply 40 cubic metres of water per hour.

The project funded by the country’s central Government will cover the localities of Ompaca, Chioco, Chatenha, Tchinana, Rio d'Areia, Tchibemba and Chiange.

Speaking on the occasion, Simão Elena reaffirmed the Government commitment to assist the populations affected by the natural calamity.

Situated 163 kilometres south of Huila’s capital city (Lubango), the municipality of Gambos has a population estimated at 155,000 inhabitants and a territory of 124 square kilometres. It is experiencing an unprecedented draught.