Major construction work around Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, has been suspended due to a water crisis prompted by a drought, The Namibian reported on Tuesday. As a result, 40,000 people might lose their jobs and up to 400,000 members of their families might be negatively affected.
The general manager of the Construction Industry Federation, Bärbel Kirchner, has called on the Namibian government to focus immediately on providing additional sources of water.
The Construction Industry Federation says that there are a lot of civil and building projects in the center of Namibia. If they are suspended, the companies should be provided with alternative markets for their products and services. In this regard, the Federation will have a meeting with the Namibian government, in particular with the head of the Agriculture, Water and Forestry Ministry, John Mutorwa.