Authorities in Malawi say two youths were shot and wounded when a guard fired on a crowd fighting to get government-subsidized maize.

The incident occurred earlier this week in Malawi's drought-stricken southern district of Nsanje.

Police say the guard fired while trying to control a crush of people attempting to force their way into a government depot.

Malawi is facing a general food crisis brought on by poor rainfall, inadequate planting supplies, and the impact of the AIDS pandemic.

In October, the government declared a national disaster and appealed for help. Aid agencies say five million of Malawi's 12 million people are in need of food aid.

Some information for this report provided by AP.