E12.3 million to feed 900 starving Emaswati

E12.3 million to feed 900 starving Emaswati

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) will distribute E12.3 million worth of food to areas identified as having acute food shortages due to back-to-back drought spells in recent years. NDMA has received assistance from both the Republic of Taiwan and Indian governments to alleviate starvation in the Lubombo region. The first phase of the distribution programme has already started at New Thulwan under the Dvokodvweni constituency. The second
phase of the programme will commence next month. At least 900 people in 148 households will receive food. Speaking during the food distribution exercise, NDMA Chief Executive Officer Russel Dlamini said the area had suffered from backto-back episodes of starvation due to the ongoing climatic changes experienced by the global community. “It is sad that every year the New Thulwane area needs food,” Dlamini said. The CEO explained that disasters were escalating in the kingdom in the backdrop of declining donor assistance. He said this made it hard for the NDMA to help all the people who were affected by disasters. He urged the government of Eswatini and companies to support NDMA in its bid to a functional national disaster risk management system that minimizes community vulnerability
to hazards and effectively prevents and mitigates the impact of disasters within the context of sustainable development by 2022. Dlamini also urged the New Thulwane Community to cooperate, bring together ideas, and come
with a rescue plan that they could present to the government so that they could get out of the current situation. “Look for ways that will help you get out of starvation,” urged the CEO. Moreover, Dlamini said people should help the government of Eswatini because it was not her mandate to feed families. He noted that only selected constituencies would get the food parcels and a certain criteria had been used for those constituencies who were
seriously affected by drought. The Member of Parliament of the area, Mduduzi Magagula, commended NDMA for the food assistance, and warned the people against selling the food as doing so is illegal.

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