Govt calls for more donors to address possible hunger crisis


The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has received 600 food hampers valued at ZMW 675,000 to aid the drought affected population in the country.

According to DMMU, National Coordinator, Gabriel Pollen, reported that the drought affected 9.8 million individuals, with 6.6 million requiring urgent humanitarian intervention.

Pollen delivered these remarks during the distribution of the hampers by the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) to DMMU in Lusaka on Tuesday.

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“The scale and magnitude of the impact is immense, to effectively address the needs of the vulnerable affected communities,” he pointed out.

He urged well wishers to support those affected by providing either in kind assistance or monetary donations.

“I must mention that emphasis is being placed on the provision of food assistance to the communities and households in need,” he emphasized.

Furthermore, Pollen informed the media that the government could not adequately address the challenges brought by the dry spell.

“Government alone cannot effectively deal with the natural calamities hence the need for partnerships with donors, the private sector and other well wishers,” he added.

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