Catholic Development Commission (Cadecom) of Mzuzu Diocese has embarked on a K150 million (about $205 000) relief programme to bail out 2 670 starving households in Rumphi District.
The relief items which include 50-kilogramme (kg) bags of maize, two litres cooking oil, six kg Likuni Phala, 10 kg beans will be distributed for two months to people affected by floods in the areas of Senior Chief Mwankhunikira, T/A Mwahenga and Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe.
Speaking during a distribution exercise at Mzokoto in Rumphi last week, Mzuzu Diocese administrator Michael Mughogho said the relief is a short-term measure. There is need for government and other stakeholders to come up with lasting solutions. He said irrigation farming and conservation of forests should be encouraged.
Mughogho called on the beneficiaries and other people in area to protect forests and plant more trees arguing wanton cutting down of trees is affecting rain patterns and contributing to flooding.
Senior Chief Mwankhunikira also called on his subjects to start planting trees. He said in the future, relief items will only be given to people that plant trees. He said chiefs will come up with by-laws to protect forests. n