A Traditional Ruler in Lunga District of Luapula province has called on the government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to come to the aid of the people in his chiefdom.
Chief Kasoma Bangweulu of the Unga people in the Bangweulu wetlands says his subject are starving.
He said the hunger situation has been caused by flooding in the area as most maize and cassava fields have been submerged.
ZANIS reports that the chief says there is need to send relief food to the area adding that government should employ permanent workers to clear the canals as the flooding has been caused by blockages in the canals.
He added that an outbreak of water borne diseases is looming in his chiefdom as the people are using pit latrines that are flooded with water.
The traditional leader said the situation calls for immediate action adding that source of clean drinking water was needed urgently such as a water treatment plant.
Meanwhile Lunga District Commissioner Rose Chimbini has since called on DMMU to act on the matter as she has done the needful and has presented all the problems to the unit at Provincial level.
Mrs. Chimbini has since assured the residents that she will soon meet the DMMU and see how far the matter has gone.