50 Disaster Surviving Families Need Food in MHG

About 50 Tropical Storm Ana surviving families from Kwilinde village under Traditional Authority Sitola in Machinga say they feel neglected as they are battling hunger.

The families claim that they have not received any support since returning from Chinguni evacuation camp early March.

When Zodiak Online visited the village, several families gathered, among them, children and a 75-year-old, Tuwili Dayimani, who said she lost her sugarcane business, which was her only economic activity for survival, calling for support.

Village headman Kwilinde told Zodiak Online that all the families in the area lost their food items including small scale businesses and irrigation equipment used to sustain their livelihoods.

"It is very sad that the authorities decided to ignore us despite giving us help when we were at the camp. We did not know that our return to the village will bring us problems of hunger as we lost all that we had," lamented Chief Kwilinde.

Meanwhile, Machinga District Council Spokesperson Martin Chiwanda says they are waiting for assistance from DODMA to source funds for the concerned people.

Chiwanda said as disasters caused havoc in most parts of the district, the support will be given to all who were affected.

"We follow procedures as the council, so now we are engaging our relief partners like the Department of Disaster Management Affairs to finder relief items for the affected people," said Chiwanda.

About 12, 000 households were affected by Tropical Storm Ana in Machinga.

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