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Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:04 - Updated Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:04

Second tranche of food aid already in Cunene

Cahama - At least 2,400 tonnes of assorted foodstuffs arrived last Tuesday afternoon at Cahama Municipality, southern Cunene Province, to support more than 800,000 drought victims.

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Drought: Second tranche of food aid already in Cunene

Photo: JOSE CACHIVA

It is the second batch of food aid sent under the Head of State’s initiative, to respond to the effects of the drought that has ravaged the southern part of the country since October 2018. 

In the first batch there were 300 tonnes of miscellaneous goods.

Among the food aid it is included cornmeal, oil, rice, salt, milk, biscuits, juice and canned food.

Talking to ANGOP, the Cahama Municipality administrator, Lurdes Oliveira, stressed that 25 per cent of the goods shall go to Curoca Municipality and the rest will be distributed to the five other municipalities of Cunene.

The Province of Cunene has been facing a deep crisis since October 2018, with 880,172 people and one million heads of cattle affected by the drought, which has already killed 30,000 animals, including cattle, goats and pigs.

In the ambit of the emergency plan to combat drought and hunger, the province of Cunene benefited this year 3.9 billion kwanzas made available by the Executive which made it possible to acquire various goods.

This year's drought is the most devastating of the last 24 years in Cunene history.

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