Communities in Chiradzulu Raise Hunger Alert Flag
Some communities in the areas of Traditional Authorities (TAs) Kadewere and Ntchema in Chiradzulu East Constituency have expressed fear of the looming hunger which has been exacerbated by the Tropical Cyclone Freddy.
James Sakwata who hails from Bandawe Village,Group Village Headman (GVH) Mulo, TA Kadewere has told Zodiak that apart from destroying their houses, the natural disaster has completely washed away their crop fields.
"The floods washed away all our crops. At the moment we are in camps where we are relying on the relief aid. However, we are now worried on what is going to happen after we return to our homes. We basically have nowhere to stay with nothing to eat," said Sakwata.
Parliamentarian for the area, Joseph Nomale has conceded the challenge arguing the area always faces food shortages year in, year out.
“Currently, I am lobbying for assistance from partners to provide farm inputs and water pumps for the people to enable them venture into winter cropping to avert the food crisis,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lucy Kaliat foundation a local grouping in the district has started mobilising aid from its partners to assist the cyclone Freddy displaced families with relief aid.
Recently the foundation cheered the flood survivors at Bandawe, Masanjala and Nguludi camps where representative for the foundation, Keith Anthony vowed to assist the flood survivors with resettlement packages.