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Terrible reality of pervasive drought

Communal farmers at Okatjali, in Uuvudhiya in the south of the Oshana region had lost many of their livestock to the prevailing drought.Cattle in search for water at Lake Oponono at Okadhiya die right at the edge of the available water after walking long distances to reach this meagre source.

Although this year’s drought is statistically not as bad as a previous drought in the early eighties, the impact is more severe since it affects all villages in the northern communal areas. Cattle herders told the Economist they have never seen so many cattle die in such a short time span. Last week and over the weekend some relief came when the new rain season produced its first showers, but the general spread was disappointing. (Photograph by Aina Simon)

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