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Food and electricity production in crisis due to drought in Zambia

Lusaka, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Both food production and electricity generation are devastated, admitted the President of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, when he declared a national emergency due to the brutal drought that is devastating the country.

This situation is being complicated by the aftermath of the recent cholera epidemic that infected some 16,000 people and killed nearly 600, according to official statistics.

The drought, which is devastating Zambia and other countries of the southern African cone, is a consequence of the El Niño phenomenon, which worsens unfavorable conditions due to climate change, according to specialists in this sphere.

In a dramatic speech broadcast by the media throughout the country, the President said that 84 of the 116 districts into which the country is divided are suffering the effects of the prolonged drought and promised that the authorities will take food from the areas where there is overproduction to distribute it to the affected areas.

He revealed that the shortage of rainfall destroyed half of the two million 200 thousand hectares planted with maize, a staple food on the table of Zambians, and warned that the situation will continue during the month, which just started and will affect more than one million farming families.

Paradoxical as it may seem, in the south of Zambia you will find the famous Victoria Falls, and Musi O Tunya (the smoke that thunders in the local language), through which up to 1,88 cubic meters of water fall per second.