The World Bank (WB) has expended US $150m to support water and sanitation projects in Angola. This was confirmed by the government news Agency in Angola, who further added that the projects would cater for an estimated 1.2m people in Angola’s nine provinces.
The WB representative for Angola Mr. Olivier Lambert said that the funds will go a long way towards the improvement of the water services in Angola. This, he said, is with a view to eradicate diseases and poverty associated with poor quality water distribution in the country.
Currently, Angola’s population stands at 26m spread across 18 provinces. It is also one of Africa’s most water-endowed countries and enjoys the most rainfall in southern Africa. Furthermore, the country boasts of twice as much available water per capita as Zambia or Mozambique. It also has approximately ten times more water than South Africa. This is according to research by the United Nations.
Unfortunately, the country, as pointed out by the UN, is challenged when it comes to supply of portable water. As such, the country has been lacking safe water and toilets. This in turn has resulted in prevalence of cholera outbreaks as well as other water borne diseases reported in recent years.
For instance, last year saw the country record approximately 252 cases of cholera that claimed at least 11 lives in the provinces. Luanda, the capital, is the country’s largest port. Unfortunately, it is also ranked the 22nd filthiest in the world.
During the rainy seasons, the streets of Luanda often become flooded. They end up forming stinking, black rivers that carry the decaying waste into stagnant ponds. Studies from several agencies, including Unicef and Oxfam, suggest that a large portion of the Luanda population lives in settlements that are built on hardened waste.