Lisbon - Angola set up an emergency plan on Thursday for the
southern province of Cunene, where an estimated 300 000 people are at risk of
malnutrition because of a two-year-long drought.
"The plan seeks to immediately provide medical
assistance, food and drinking water for the most needy populations," the
cabinet's economic commission said in a statement.
Cunene, a semi-arid province which shares a border with
Namibia to the south, depends largely on subsistence farming and
Provincial governor Antonio Didalelwa was cited by
state-owned newspaper Jornal de Angola as saying more than 300 000 people, or
approximately the entire known population of the province, are at risk of
"We are worried about the situation. There is a lack of
food and water for people and cattle," he said.
"The people in the province are going through very tough
times because it hasn't rained for two years and that is harming families, who
depend on agriculture and cattle-raising."
Angola, which is roughly twice the size of Texas, suffered
heavily from drought last year.
The United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) said that 1.8
million people were affected by a prolonged drought in 2012, including more
than 500 000 children.
The UN agency said it has been working closely with the
government to ensure the drought does not result in malnutrition.
Angola is Africa's second-largest oil producer, after
Nigeria, but is still recovering from a 27-year that ended 11 years ago and
which devastated most of its infrastructure.
President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power
since 1979, has promised to improve social conditions and better distribute
Angola's oil wealth during a new five-year term he secured in an election last
His government said on Thursday it would use budget funds to
minimise consequences of natural disasters in Cunene.