Hunger hits Itezhi Tezhi ward

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-Hunger has hit some parts of Makunku ward in Itezhi tezhi district forcing some villagers to eat wild fruits.


This follows the poor crop yield the area experienced in the 2012/2013 farming season.


Itezhi tezhi district commissioner Roy Nang’alewa told ZANIS today that Chieftainess Muwezwa has reported the matter to his office.


Mr Nang’lewa said reports reaching his office are that severe hunger has hit that part of the district to the extent that some families have opted to split saying husbands are allegedly sending away their wives to their parents because of the food crisis.


Mr. Nang’alewa has since appealed to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) in the Office of the Vice President to urgently attend to the situation before lives are lost from hunger.


“We have received some sad reports from Chieftainess Muwezwa and some of his subjects about the acute hunger that has hit that part of the district”, said Mr Nang’alewa.


Mr. Nang’alewa further said the area will soon be cut off due to flooding plains and streams.


In March last year , villagers of Makunku ward in Itezhi tezhi district in the central province appealed to government to send relief food as most of them were reportedly hunger- stricken.


The shortage of food has been attributed to army worms which attacked about 22 hectares of farm land as well as heavy downpours which hit the area in the rain season and destroyed the crops.