As a result, Lesotho has declared a state of emergency on account of heavy rainfall throughout the country for a period of six months starting from Tuesday.
Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro announced on Tuesday that the heavy rain situation, which has been likened to that of 2011, was exacerbated by cyclone “Eloise” which affected neighbouring countries.
“Heavy rainfall in Lesotho, however seldom, caused havoc to water sources, infrastructure, agricultural production, food security and the environment. Indeed, these attest to the changing climate conditions to which Basotho, like all other nations, must adapt,” Dr Majoro said during his national address on national television.
He said the government is making a clarion call to its development partners and friends to assist the country in undertaking the emergency response and post-disaster recovery efforts inclusive of reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Equally important, he added, will be technical and logistical support to ensure that adequate basic needs reach the affected areas and communities expeditiously.