The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) wishes to clarify reports by the International Federation for the Red Cross that the country will soon slide into famine, with 38 districts already in the emergency phase.
DMMU National Coordinator Chanda Kabwe said that the Vulnerability and Needs Assessment report, which is now in public domain reveals that 58 districts are in need of humanitarian support, with 3 districts; Lunga, Gwembe and Shangombo being in emergency phase from October 2019 to March 2020.
Government through DMMU has since increased the allocation of relief from 100mt to 200mt for the three districts, and is yet to include pulses to the package. The Unit is currently providing relief to 1.7million people that were affected by the prolonged dry spell but the number will increase to 2.3million from October to March next year.
Mr. Kabwe said it was unfortunate that cooperating partners like the Red Cross would issue such alarming reports, with incorrect statistics.
He has called on members of the public to take time and read the report which has since been launched by the Minister in the Office of the Vice President, Olipah Phiri.
Mr. Kabwe has assured the nation that the situation is under control and that partners have already come on board to supplement government effort. These include the United Nations (UN) system, China Jiangxi which donated K1million just yesterday and Zambian Breweries who have indicated their willingness to donate.
DMMU Communications Officer