Lundazi, June 20, 2019, ZANIS---Chief Kazembe of the Chewa people in Lumezi district has bemoaned the rampant human-animal conflict in Chibeza area where crop fields in more than 60 villages have been destroyed.

Chief Kazembe said this has caused hunger in the affected villages hence people are already in need of relief food.

The traditional ruler told ZANIS at his palace on Tuesday 18, June, 2019, that the Department of National Parks and Wildlife has not done much to compensate the affected villagers.

Chief Kazembe also disclosed that 495 households have been hit by a shortage of food after their crop fields were washed away by the floods during 2018/2019 farming season.

Meanwhile, Chief Kazembe has appealed to government to provide relief food to people that have been affected by the calamities in his chiefdom before they die of starvation.

And speaking in a separate interview, Group headman Mugonde Chibeza said the elephants have gone on rampage terrorizing villagers.

Headman Mugonde Chibeza said among the affected villages are Mugonde, Chinyamphi, Kapamba, Kambalami, Mwasakabinga, Simayeba, Munundwe, Choma, Mkango and Wadombola.