Over 1.9 million people are at risk of food insecurity in Zambia, the 2022 Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit In-depth Vulnerability and Needs Assessment Report has revealed.
DMMU National Coordinator Dr. Gabriel Pollen says the Assessment was conducted in 91 districts in all the 10 provinces of Zambia, in order to ascertain the impact of the 2021/2022 Rain Season on the livelihoods of citizens.
Dr. Pollen said the In-depth Vulnerability and Needs Assessment also sought to provide an understanding of the multi-faceted impacts of the shocks faced during the 2021/2022 rainfall season namely; prolonged dry spells, floods, economic shocks, diseases, and pest infestation.
He said during the 2021/2022 rainy season, some parts of the country recorded normal to above normal rainfall which resulted in flooding in some parts of the country while others experienced some dry spells.
Dr. Pollen said 50 districts needed humanitarian assistance while the main sectors identified as having been affected by the floods and dry spells were Agriculture and Food Security and nutrition, Health, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.