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disburses US$130 million to counter drought
21 January 2016
Lesotho Government has announced that it has set
aside US$130 million to address the current drought
that has rocked the Mountain Kingdom and other parts
of Southern Africa.
The Minister of Energy and Meteorology, Selibe
Mochoboroane said this money would be divided into
three portions where the first portion would be
allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Security to help animals adapt to this long dry
Mochoboroane said the second portion of the money
would be allocated to the Ministry of Health where
it would be used to address any form of diseases
which might arise as a result of this severe drought
that saw some animals dying of hunger and thirst.
He said the third portion of the money would be
allocated to fight any challenges that might be the
result of this drought compounded by EL Nino which
may include ferrying water for the people who
absolutely do not have any drinking water.
The Minister pointed out that as part of addressing
this problem, his government is going to buy 2,000
water tanks together with 20 truck tankers which
will deliver water to the most drought-stricken part
of the community members.
He said the current drought problem could not be
addressed by a single Ministry but that all
government Ministries have to interfere in order to
save the lives of the communities.
However, Mochoboroane emphasised that the current
crisis is a short-term one because the department of
Meteorological Services has predicted that fairly
good rains would be in March this year.
Lesotho has this week experienced heat waves which
saw the country reaching temperatures as high as 43
Prime Minister Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili has declared a
state of drought emergency in Lesotho and further
appealed to Lesotho development partners and friends
to assist in efforts to redress the situation.
In doing so, the Prime Minister explained that
government’s resolve to do all in its power to
ensure that preparedness measures are activated
immediately and to ensure that in future communities
are not subjected to the same effects again.
Dr. Mosisili said effects of the prevailing drought
include widespread water shortages which cause long
queues and acute water rationing in many areas
across the country.
He said the current situation is even worse for
animals which are already dying in large numbers due
to lack of drinking water as most rivers have no
running water while also there is poor and degraded
rangelands which have become susceptible to wild
The Prime Minister said it is also worth noting that
women and children, people with disabilities and the
elderly are the worst affected as they bear the
brunt of travelling long distances to collect water
for domestic use since water sources continue to dry
Dr. Mosisili further indicated that as part of
initiatives to address the current drought, the
government has established both ministerial and
technical committees to boost the capacity of the
Disaster Management Authority and to coordinate
He said stocks of food commodities currently in
their Food Management Unit stores are being assessed
in preparation for dispatch to those in desperate
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