Zambia is experiencing severe flooding in Southern, Central, Lusaka provinces, thousands of people have been affected with the worst impacted areas being the districts of Luapula, Kapompo, Lukulu, Senanga, Kitwe, Mambwe, and Solwezi.
The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) has been issuing flood warnings since mid-January. Some rivers are expected to be high or experience a second peak well into February, including the Luapala river in Milenge district, the Kafue river in Kitwe district, and the Zambezi river in Lukulu and Senanga districts.
An estimated 15,000 people from 3,500 households were affected by flooding in Southern Province in January the year before.
Following the guidance of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), one of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices, UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER requested the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters on behalf of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) of the Office of the Vice President of Zambia.
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