Govt allocates more than 1,200 tonnes of food to flood-hit families

10Feb 2016
Our Reporter
Rufiji
The Guardian
Govt allocates more than 1,200 tonnes of food to flood-hit families

AFTER torrential rains caused floods in Rufiji District, the government has sprang to action, allocating 1,283 tonnes of maize in emergency food relief to over 22,000 households that were affected by floods.

Floods

The government also issued ten tonnes of maize seeds and five tonnes of sorghum seeds to be planted in upland areas. “The food relief is for February and March and experience shows that during this time the area is characterised by high rainfall that might prompt a food shortage,” Coast Regional Commissioner, Eng Evarist Ndikilo, stated. Eng Ndikilo revealed this when assessing the impact caused by floods in the area, adding that the food relief was expected to reach the victims in two weeks. He also mentioned that the huge task ahead was to rescue victims who are in the most flood- prone areas within the district. “So far, we have allocated two boats to carry out the rescue operation,” the RC revealed. He assured people in the area that the government would do its part by distributing enough food so that no one dies due to hunger. “As government, we’ll not let you die because of hunger. We’ll bring you food; as of now a team of experts is assessing the status of food demand,” the official said. Ndikilo cautioned dishonest businesspeople who want to benefit out of hunger by hiking food prices. “I urge them to stop doing so. It is unacceptable for some people to benefit from the disaster. We are very aware of the challenge and we have commissioned six businesses to buy ten tonnes of maize to be sold to the flood victims,” the RC said. Kibiti and Ikwiriri are the areas that have been hit hard by the floods. Eng. Ndikilo urged farmers in the area to plant seeds of early-maturing crops to fight hunger in the area. According to Rufiji District Commissioner Nurdin Babu at least 8,138.4 acres of rice and 7171.2 acres of maize have been affected as floods hit the crops while they were at different stages of growth. He said that floods came when a downpour started pounding the area on Sunday last week, affecting Uwe and Mhoro villages.