KUNENE regional governor, Marius Sheya said a total of N$21 million was availed for the provision of water in the region during the 2020/21 financial year.
Sheya during his State of the Region Address said that 16 boreholes were drilled, 19 water points were installed and 18 boreholes have been rehabilitated.
According to him, animal fodder and food parcels were also availed.
“The region is currently in the grips of its seventh consecutive terrible drought,” he said.
Sheya pointed out that five constituencies of Opuwo Urban, Opuwo Rural, Epupa, Khorixas, and Sesfontein have been severely affected.
“The devastating negative impacts of climate change continue to weigh heavily on the vulnerable communities and farmers leaving them with no choice but to migrate in the search of grazing,” he noted.
Sheya reiterates their commitment to foster support during this time the region is hard hit by drought.
“We have constituted a task team on mitigating drought with different stakeholders such as the farmers union and traditional authorities who engage regularly to coordinate, mobilize resources, monitor, and evaluate the drought situation,” he said.
He also applauded the government for coming to the rescue of the communities and their livestock since 2019.