Zambian President declares 'national disaster and state of emergency' due to drought

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has officially declared a "National Disaster and State of Emergency" within the country due to the devastating impact of drought, citing damages to approximately one million hectares of agricultural land, SIA reports with reference to foreign media.

In his address to the public in the capital city of Lusaka, President Hichilema emphasized the urgent need for international assistance, stating, "We are reaching out to our global partners for humanitarian aid. To maintain the stability of our economy and industries, we find ourselves compelled to address the shortfall in hydroelectric resources through the importation of energy. The adverse effects of the drought are expected to impact over one million households. We also call upon credit institutions to collaborate with us in restructuring Zambia's debts."

Last week, Zambia imposed restrictions on the export of maize and wheat due to the looming threat of famine.

Zambia, facing the risk of default due to challenges in meeting its foreign debts, holds substantial obligations to various credit institutions, with China being a prominent creditor among several other nations.

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