20,000 households threatened with hunger in Choma – Mayor
By Staff Reporter
CHOMA Mayor says that the preliminary findings show that over 20, 000 households in the district are threatened with hunger following the prolonged dry spell experienced in most parts of the country, especially Southern Province.
Javen Simooloka said that the situation was desperate and needed quick attention.
Simooloka said that he had written to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit and the Provincial administration requesting for a comprehensive assessment of the situation on the ground.
The Mayor added that he asked government to allow the Food Reserve Agency to sell certain quantities of maize at low prices to the affected families.
Meanwhile, Simooloka said that the assessment should also include the water situation for both people and animals.
And the Meteorological Department in Choma has disclosed that Southern Province has recorded the lowest rainfall distribution in the 2018/ 2019 season in over 46 years.
Senior Meteorological Officer, Davies Kapya Langeni said that this season’s rain distribution stands at 273millimeters, 77 less than 350 millimeters registered in the 1972/1973 season.
Langeni further observed that the little rains expected to come before the close of the season will not be enough to improve the recorded amount of rainfall.
And Southern Province Minister Dr Edify Hamukale has anticipated an irregular supply of electricity in the province due to reduced water levels.