Many of the displaced are living in tents in the open, in freezing winter conditions, and urgently need shelter and food. The ongoing risk of flooding is further compounding the misery.
The flooding has destroyed crops, including maize, especially in Munyumbwe area in Gwembe District, according to the Government’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.
A humanitarian aid package of €22.8 million will help address emergency food needs and support vulnerable people in Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
UNICEF has received reports of children being maimed, killed and also recruited to fight. More than 90,000 children have been forced to flee their homes and are now internally displaced.