Lack of portable and unclean water affects 7,000households in Salima

The country’s water crisis remains sarcastic towards addressing waterborne disease with fresh revelation that about 7,000 household in Salima North-West Constituency are wrestling for one borehole.
This is a typical example on how the water crisis has reached in the country after 53 years of the Malawi’s independent The visit to the area during the weekend particularly at Matumba village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Nkhombedza encountered ordeal where women and young girls could wait for six hours to draw water from the borehole.
The borehole which has lived for over decades still remain the hope of the communities despite it’s on and off operation to serve villagers.
The development prompted Water Mission and Christian Services, local faith organization to respond to the crisis by fixing the oldest borehole and planning to drill about five extra towards solving water and sanitation challenges.
Random interview with communities revealed shocking incidences including high school drop outs, early and child marriages, marital fights, escalation of water borne diseases and among others.
Our children go to school around 10:00 am coupled with absent due to water scarcity.
“Even, marriages are in disarray as most us, women, we wake up as early as 3:00am to fetch water which don’t please most husbands.
The lawmaker therefore urged government to increase Community Development Funds (CDF) from MK18 million to MK30 million annually.
With the water crisis hitting hard in most local communities, the best thing is for government to allocate more resources in CDF which will directly meet villagers’ needs including construction of more borehole,” she said.
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