Chipangali Constituency in Chipata district is in a water crisis, forcing people to be digging shallow wells in the dried Rukuzye River.
Patriotic Front, PF Chipangali vice Youth Chairman, Tizifa Nkhoma told Breeze News that the area has few boreholes which are damaged while others have dried up.
He says that this has resulted in people spending almost the whole day waiting for the shallow wells they have dug in the dry Rukuzye river to accumulate some water.
Mr. Nkhoma says drilling more boreholes and constructing dams is the only solution to alleviating water challenges in the area.
Mr. Nkhoma explained that traditional leaders have made several appeals to government and organisations to assist them drill boreholes and construct dams but nothing has been done.
Mr. Nkhoma explained that the water drawn from shallow wells in Rukuzye river is not enough and not safe to drink.
He added that domestic animals are also affected as they are being given water in buckets.