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Federal Foreign Office to provide aid for flood victims in Namibia

27.03.2009 - Press release

The Federal Foreign Office is making available EUR 250,000 for emergency relief measures to help flood victims in Namibia. The funds will be used to provide emergency shelter, disinfectant and other relief supplies for people in need.

After weeks of heavy rainfall, the Namibian government has declared a national state of emergency and asked the international community for assistance. The effects of the flooding have been especially strong in the northern and Caprivi regions where the Zambezi and other rivers have flooded their banks. According to UN figures, there have been 92 deaths so far and 8200 residents have had to be evacuated. A total of up to 300,000 people are said to have been affected by the floods.

The Federal Foreign Office is monitoring developments in neighbouring Zambia and Angola, which are also experiencing severe flooding, and is prepared to make further resources available if needed.

For further information on the humanitarian assistance provided by the Federal Foreign Office please consult:

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