During the past months southern Africa has experienced one of the worst droughts in history. Water pumps have become critical to survival.
Drought and Its Consequences
Southern Africa has
been affected by one of the worst droughts in the last 35 years.
Consequently, crops have failed, and cattle have died. According to a
report by the UN, this drought, followed by delayed rain, and unusually
high temperatures are signs of a climate change. In addition, the
weather phenomenon, El Niño, made the drought even worse causing extreme
weather conditions in the past year.
In collaboration with
partner organizations, dozens of simple pedal pumps were flown to remote
villages. These pumps became very valuable especially during the
drought. “In order to ensure that these water pumps work properly,
we visit the remote village communities on a regular basis and fix small
problems,” reports Mercy Air pilot and agriculture expert Andreas
Kuret. “That way we can ensure that in times of water shortage these
pumps work reliably.” Village communities are now able to irrigate their
fields, an important step towards self-sufficiency.
For the Mercy Air team