The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC and its Zambian counterpart are appealing for $3.5m £2.7m in donations to avert “catastrophic” food insecurity that it says could affect 2.3 million people.
Low rainfall and water logging have destroyed many crops, the humanitarian groups say.
A lack of drinking water caused by drought means that “people and animals – both livestock and wildlife have to use the same water points,” says Zambia Red Cross’s head, Kaitano Chungu.
“This is unacceptable as it exposes people to diseases and creates a heightened risk of animal attacks.”
Food relief has been provided over the past few months, the ICRC says in a statement, but adds “more help is needed”.