Drought in the arid corner of S.W. Africa is the worst in three decades (Google / IOL News)

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Drought suffocates Namibian desert

By SAPA

The police are about the only people left in this village of 400 in the Namibian desert because the infrequent rains have ceased due to a drought, forcing residents to seek precious water and grazing ground elsewhere for their livestock.

“They left for the other side of the mountain, looking for water for the cows,” said Chief of Police Olani Imanul, whose roughly 20 officers feel a tad useless with just about everyone gone. “It has not rained for over two years here.”

Summer rains usually flood the plains and rejuvenate the flora, but they did not come. Now, in the Southern Hemisphere winter, it is especially dry.

UNICEF said the drought in this arid corner of southwest Africa is said to be the worst in three decades and that families are selling assets such as livestock, have less to eat and are migrating to cities to find work.

“An estimated 778 000 Namibians, a third of the population, are either severely or moderately food insecure,” UNICEF said in an online report on Wednesday.

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About Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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