Rice farmers in Karonga wish floods came year in, year out as they have drastically boosted production of the paddy.
District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo said rice production is expected to be 28000 metric tonnes up from 18000 last year.
“The floods have devastated mny areas especially in Chief Kyungu’s area where Rukiru River passes through and also in chief Kilipula’s area where all crops have been washed away except rice,” she said.
In contrast to other crops, rice thrives in water logged fields and survives heavy floods.
She said this good news is overshadowed by the devastation the floods have caused in the district.
Moyo said the council has provided family tents to hundreds of displaced people.
“We discovered that churches which sheltered them were becoming congested,” she said.
Moyo said most of the displaced people have been provided with basics including food.