Severe drought in Angola puts 2.3 million people at risk


2.3 million people in Angola are facing security and nutrition crisis in northern Angola. 141 600 are estimated to be in need of clean drinking water and 245 565 children under the age of 5 are estimated to be screened for malnutrition in 28 municipalities in Cunene, Huíla, Namibe, and Bié, according to a report compiled by the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF.

UNICEF said there had been an inadequate response after below-average and erratic rainfall.

The worst affected provinces are Cunene, Huila and Namibe.

Angolan President João Lourenço declared a state of emergency in January, but UNICEF said the response has been hampered by a lack of funding. The organization’s own action plan for Angola has secured only 28 percent of its intended funding, it said.

In the southern province of Cunene, on the border with Namibia, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has more than trebled from 249 884 in January to 857 443 in March, the report said.

Nearly 500 000 children are at risk of being without sufficient food.

Around 2 500 children under five were treated for severe acute malnutrition between January and March in the provinces of Lunda Norte, Huila, Cunene, Bie and Namibe, the report said.

Featured image credit: David Stanley


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