Kasama July 11, 2019, ZANIS---- The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has released 100 metric tonnes of maize to Chimalilo village in Kasama district in Northern Province.

ZANIS reports that Kasama District Commissioner, Kelly Kashiwa, who confirmed the development said the maize will be given as relief food to the people in the area.

Mr Kashiwa explained the decision to offer relief food to the area follows the DMMU Kasama District Committee's appeal for government to consider assisting the people in the area with aid following crop failure due to flood.

The residents in the area who mainly cultivate cassava experienced crop failure as most of their crop was damaged by floods.

The maize, which is in the Food Reserve Agency shed in Kasama, will be distributed to the recipient in the next coming days, said the District Commissioner.

Meanwhile, the District Disaster Management Committee has resolved to use World Vision Zambia as the agent to distribute the maize to the community in Chimalilo.

The committee, during its meeting with District Commissioner at his office,   said the decision to engage World Vision follows a due diligence that was conducted on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the districts with capacity to help in distribution of relief food to the area.

Mr Kashiwa, who revealed this to ZANIS, also indicated the committee will therefore work hand in hand with World Vision during the maize distribution exercise.

Chimalilo village, which is found in Lukashya constituency of Kasama district, lies about 200 kilometres from the Kasama Central Business District.