Angolan authorities are raising the alarm over a serious drought in six provinces.
The authorities say the situation was worsening by the day in Namibe, Huíla, Cunene, Cuanza Sul, Benguela and Cuando Cubango provinces.
Assistance and Social Affairs minister JoAo Baptista Kussumua told the local media that a contingency programme was being put in place to mitigate the calamity.
Some 33 children under the age of five reportedly died in Huíla Province in August.
The authorities single out Gambos, Quipungo, Cacula and Quilengues municipalities as worst-hit.
Provincial government spokesman Jaime Lombe said at least 30,000 people were affected by the drought in In Huila Province alone.
“We don’t have fresh figures, maybe the figure has risen,” the VOA radio quoted Mr Huíla as saying.
In Namacunde municipality in Cunene Province, some 40,000 families were said to be affected by drought.
Mass exodus of local populations have been reported in Naulila, Xangongo Municipality in search of water and food.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW