Famine threatened families to receive aid

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—-About 20,000 people who have been facing starvation in Zambezi district have started receiving relief food sourced by the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.


Zambezi District Commissioner Catherine Mukuma said government has progressed in airlifting relief maize to people of Zambezi west bank and the operation is almost complete.


Ms Mukuma said the district received 100 tonnes of maize and 113 metric tonnes of rice.


She said the consignment is meant to cushion hunger situation in Zambezi west bank which has a population of about 20,000 people while some of the food aid will go to families in Mpidi and Kantanto areas where floods destroyed maize fields during the 2012-2013 farming season.


The District Commissioner said the distribution of relief food has started with Zambezi west bank because the area was quickly becoming impassable by road transport following early rainfall in the area while the relief operation by road transport to Mpidi and Kantanto in Zambezi East will start next week.


Ms Mukuma thanked government for responding to the appeal for relief food by the people in Zambezi district and providing aircraft to airlift the consignment to Zambezi west bank.