HERE`S N$50,000 from Telecom Namibia to the flood victims in the north of the country. In addition to financial donation, the company earlier gave seven Switch handsets each with N$750 worth of airtime for use by those coordinating the relief efforts.

The country`s telecommunication company stepped out with the donation this morning.

The assistance has been channelled through the National Disaster Relief Fund under the aegis of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Dr Libertine Amathila, which has been coordinating the distribution of relief supplies to victims since the floods hit in early March.

This continuing natural disaster has resulted in the deaths of at least 92 people, caused massive damage to land and property and displaced thousands of people.

The company`s senior manager for corporate communications and public relations Oiva Angula said they were pleased to assist in this small way.

`Care is one of our values and we hope our donation will help the many Namibians who are displaced by the floods in the north,` Mr Angula said.

`Remember, we are also victims of floods,` he said in reference to damage caused by the floods to the company`s underground cable infrastructure in some of the affected areas.

`We are committed to the Namibia and its people and hope this aid will give some comfort to those affected during this difficult time,` he said

Mr Angula said Telecom is committed to helping those in disaster situations.

`When some communities were affected with severe flooding in the northern regions last year, Telecom donated N$150,000 towards the relief efforts there.`

Upon receiving the donation, the Deputy Premier thanked Telecom Namibia for its continuous assistance to flood victims. Dr Amathila said that that it was noble to see local companies standing together [with the communities] during a time of a natural disaster.

`Telecom Namibia has always been with us. Last year we got N$150 000 and it is just wonderful that our own companies are coming forward. It shows that we as Namibians stand together when it comes to disasters,` she said.

The Deputy Premier said Telecom Namibia`s donation will go towards the clean up efforts to support the people in the re-building of the homes and infrastructure in worst affected areas.

Telecom staff at Walvis Bay donated 30 boxes x 50 canned fish to the flood victims on 1 April 2009.

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