Zambia hunger could worsen in some parts

The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (CSO-SUN) expects the hunger situation in some parts of Zambia to worsen in light of revelations from the Vice President’s office indicating that 52 districts will be flooded this rainy season.
Alliance Country Coordinator Matthews Mhuru said in a media statement that immediate measures needed to be taken to avert the situation.
He said the Alliance was “also worried with the increasing number of people countrywide faced with different categories of hunger, from 2.3 million people last year to 6.8 million people this year.
“This statistic from the IPC indicates that more still needs to be done by the government, the Church, Civil Society Organisations and Cooperating partners to prevent the hunger situation from worsening in Zambia,” Mr. Mhuru added.
Further, the Alliance bemoaned the alleged inconsistencies in the delivery of relief food to the hunger stricken Lunga district in Zambia’s Luapula Province by the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).
He said: “[With] Lunga being in emergency stage of food security according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, relief food distribution to the area should be a priority.”
Information gathered by the CSO-SUN indicates that the DMMU last distributed relief food to the District four months ago.
“The 2000 by 25kg bags of mealie meal distributed only catered for one out of the four chiefdoms on the Island which has a population of about 56, 000 people,” Mr. Mhuru added.

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