‘Millions of Zambians at risk of food shortages’

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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”.

Dominica Nwabufo