By Moses Masiye
District commissioner for Ntcheu and a Catholic priest in the district have called for immediate assistance of flood victims reportedly neglected, saying most households are food insecure.
In separate interviews, Ntcheu district commissioner Harry Phiri and Reverend father Andrew Ntendere of Sharpe Valley Parish said the situation is pathetic, as most relief items went to the lower shire, leaving behind people in other affected areas like Ntcheu.
Nsanje, Chikwawa and Phalombe were some of the 15 disaster districts, mostly affected by Malawi floods as a result of heavy rains the past rainy season.
Most relief items were directed to those three districts, leaving out equally affected districts like Ntcheu.
Reverend father Andrew Ntendere of Sharpe valley parish along Ntcheu Bwanje valley, said most people in the district are food insecure as a result of this.
Father Ntendere said:- “Although I sourced funds from my friends in Holland that would see about 600 households receiving 25 kilograms of maize each for some months,though many families are not reached.”
District commissioner for Ntcheu Harry Phiri while commending Father Ntendere, concurred with him saying many households still require food aid.
He said most parts of the district were affected, as crops were washed away while some affected by the dry spells.
“We are calling upon well wishers to come along with relief aid, especially food,” begged Phiri.
Hundreds of people lost lives and thousands left destitute after the floods washed away their crops and belongings in Malawi earlier this year.
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