KUPANG - Thousands of people in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara faced serious food shortage after farmers in the regency failed to harvest their rice fields for two consecutive seasons. Secretary to Sikka regental administration Genyo Kerong said Thursday that residents of 80 out of 160 villages in the regency have ran out their food stocks following the failures of the twice rice harvests sparked by long drought there.
The worse villages are those in several districts including Talibura and Bola in northern cost and Mega and Magepanda in mountainous areas as their residents rely only on their rice harvests.' He said there are some 40,000 families, which have posed food shortage.
Sikka administration has prepared 350 tons of rice of assistance for those residents, according to the official.