Tue. May 28th, 2024

Nearly half of Zambia’s population has been affected by the on-going drought with the country needing about $940m (£760m) in aid.

During a national address, Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema said the money is rerquired to “effectively implement immediate life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian and recovery needs”.

He said “9.8 million of our people have been adversely affected by the drought”.

“Of these, 6.6 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.”

Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi have also declared states of disasters due to the drought that is sweeping much of Southern Africa.

Mr Hichilema said the effects of the drought were mostly observed in the agriculture sector were one million hectares of planted maize had been adversely affected. Maize meal is Zambia’s staple food.

“With a heavy heart, on behalf of our government and the people of Zambia, we hereby appeal to the international community, our partners within the country, the private sector, the church and civil society organisations, to support our plan financially and materially, in mitigating the devastating effects of the drought,” the president said.

Besides the current food insecurity, Zambia has implemented eight-hour long electricity rationing periods to conserve power as most of the country’s energy is from hydro sources.

By Joy

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