NewsNOWMCHINJI (Malawi NewsNow)- An international NGO has expressed worry that the number of those in need of relief maize in Mchinji has leaped from 24000 a few months ago to 160000.

Concern Worldwide official Gracious Chabvi said the situation was dire. ”

Just a few months ago, the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment showed that there were 25300 households which needed emergency food.

“We immediately initiated the emergency cash transfer but now the figure has increased to 160000, this is worrisome,” he said.

He said the households most affected are female headed, child headed and the vulnerable which include the households headed by the elderly and people with disability.

Chabvi said through the emergency cash transfer, the organisation gave 25300 households some money to help them buy food and other necessities.

He said in January, Concern Worldwide gave each household K14100, in February, the households received K15100, in March they received K15100 and in April they received K8800.

He said the project was rolled out in Mchinji and Nkhotakota.

In Zomba, authorities there say at least 140000 households will need emergency food.

President Peter Mutharika recently declared to the world that Malawi is food insecure and needs emergency food.