Namibia: Relief as Ohangwena Region Residence access clean water

TIKA

Namibia– Ohangwena Region, the second most populous region in Namibia can now access clean water following a project initiated by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA).

Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa and depends largely on groundwater. The country’s general climate is characterised by hot and dry conditions throughout the year. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO 2005) classified 92 percent of the country as hyper-arid or semi-arid.

Residents of the Ohangwena region use polluted water accumulated in uncovered wells for their agricultural and animal husbandry activities and daily needs, which leads to the spread of various diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, and polio in the region. Residents need to walk at least 10 km a day to reach the nearest clean water resource.

“With the project implemented by TİKA, residents were provided with access to clean water for their daily needs and agricultural and animal husbandry activities,” TİKA said in a statement.

As part of the project, nearly 8.5 km of water pipes were laid underground to deliver water from two active water wells to densely populated areas in the Ohangwena Region. In addition, water tanks were built for the storage of clean water, “the statement reads.

In his speech at the opening ceremony of the project, Walde Ndevashiya, the Governor of Ohangwena, stated that the desired rate of development could not be achieved due to problems with access to water in Ohangwena Region. He thanked TİKA and the Turkish people for their support in this regard.