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NGO concerned about floods in Cunene criticizes “palliative” response from authorities

A non-governmental organization criticized what it said was a “palliative work” by the authorities in response to flooding in Cunene province, in the south of the country, due to the rains, lamenting that many children are prevented from attending classes.


"It is true that at the moment there are floods and that they have many implications. One of them is the classes, because when the chanas [plains] are full, children stop going to school because they cannot cross the chanas" , Father Gaudêncio Félix Yakuleinge told Lusa.

In addition, "even when it rains, classes are impossible, because many children study under trees", stressed the head of Associação Ame Naame Omunu (ANO), a local organization for the promotion of human rights.

On the actions of the local authorities to reverse the situation, the association leader stressed that at the moment the city of Ondjiva registers the presence of some teams "fighting to reduce the effects of the floods".

"However, they are always palliative measures that do not definitively help. (...) We are waiting for other measures to be taken in relation to schools, because when children are without classes they miss the subject and then we know the consequences of the end of the year ", concluded the head of ANO.

Cunene province, in the south of Angola, which has been hit by drought in recent years, has seen heavy rains in recent days, which have flooded the chanas and various parts of the district, including its capital, Ondijva.

After the reduction of the rains, "which have not fallen for practically five days", the local people, highlighted the Catholic priest, are now living the consequences of the floods, which flooded several houses in the peripheral districts of Ondjiva.

"Inhabitants are forced to move from one place to another, and these floods then have these complications: on the one hand they bring water and on the other hand they bring these challenges that must be faced", he pointed out.

Father Gaudêncio Félix Yakuleinge also noted that the water course, already at a reduced level, is still in transit to neighboring Namibia, "a process that always happens in times of flooding".

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