With the persistent drought impacting all aspects of life in Namibia as well as the risk of flash flooding associated with it, the United Nations System in Namibia in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Namibia is carrying out the Flash #FloodingwithFacts campaign on social media.
The educational and interactive campaign kick started on 7 October and will run through the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), commemorated each year on 13 October. This International Observance aims ‘to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters’.
This year, the Government of the Republic of Namibia will commemorate the IDDR under the theme “Live to Tell: Raising Awareness and Reducing Mortality” at an event in the Kunene Region, a region that has been harshly impacted by the drought over the last six years and the region is also vulnerable to other hazardous epidemics such as Cholera.
As a lead up to the event as well as to engage the broader Namibian public, the UN System in Namibia will use social media to disseminate information, graphics and videos about disaster reduction, share individual steps people can take in situations of disaster and celebrate the resilience of the Namibian people in the face of drought.
Not only will the campaign raise awareness about disasters, but it will also provide the public with the knowledge and agency to take steps against disaster in their own lives.
Check out UN Namibia’s social media pages, namely Facebook (UN Namibia), Twitter and Instagram (@UNNamibia) to see and interact with the Flash #FloddingwithFacts campaign.