Lilongwe – Residents in Malawi’s Lilongwe District have been warned that water will be rationed due to persistent water problems in the capital.
According to a Malawi24 report, water had become a scarce commodity in the district as levels remained low across the Lilongwe River, the city’s main source of water.
Bright Sonani, Public Relations Officer for the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), urged residents to be patient through the dry season as the country awaits much-needed rainfall.
“We had inadequate rain last season and that led to the lowering of water levels in our water sources and that’s why we have been encouraging our customers to use the available water wisely until the problem is over,” Sonani was quoted as saying.
The development followed President Peter Mutharika’s declaration of a state of emergency in the country in April.
A report by Al Jazeera indicated that maize production in Malawi had dropped by 12%, leaving it short of around one million tons of maize needed to feed the population.
“I declare Malawi a state of national disaster following prolonged dry spells during the 2015/16 agriculture season,” Mutharika said.
With the southern African nation still recovering from the devastating floods of last season, which killed at least 106 people and damaged 64 000 hectares of crop fields, many face the threat of starvation should current climate conditions persist.