Feed the Children has distributed 22 500 packets of special porridge flour to flood victims to feed their children aged five and below.
The flour, Vitameal, is made from a mixture of milled maize, soya beans and vitamin A supplement. The exercise took place last week in Salima, Mangochi and Chikhwawa districts.
Feed the Children programmes officer Alexander Mwale confirmed on Friday that the organisation was prompted to respond to the disaster to save children from dietary problems.
“The porridge flour we have distributed is capable of replacing a quarter of the child’s body nutrition. One packet weighing two kilogrammes is enough to feed a child for 30 days,” he said.
Currently, the children and their parents stay in temporary tents that the Department of Disaster Management Affairs pitched in various areas.
Traditional Authority Makhuwira of Chikhwawa complained that apart from people being in need of food, they also need good sanitation and hygiene as they are crowded in small rooms.
“For instance, Kalulu Disaster Centre at Nchalo is crying for mosquito nets,” he said.