Zambia’s rain is hitting Zambia hard, and the country is in desperate need of clean drinking water.
The country has seen more than 150,000 deaths caused by diarrhoea and pneumonia in 2016.
There have been two massive water spills in the past week, which have led to major public health issues.
On Tuesday, Zambia issued a water emergency order, ordering residents to leave the country.
People living in rural areas are also being urged to avoid water usage.
Many Zambians have been told to avoid drinking water, which is already extremely low due to high water demand.
“The water is in a terrible state.
People are dying, the people who are dying are the people living in the villages.
They are the ones who need water, and they are dying,” said Domingo Gugulethu, Zambian president.
Zambia has been grappling with a severe drought since 2014.
The situation has been particularly bad in the capital, Lusaka, and in rural parts of the country where water shortages are common.
“When we look at our situation, the situation is very serious,” Zambia Environment Minister Emmanuel Mwaiza told CBC News.
“We have been having water problems for more than five years now.
We have been drinking very dirty water and now we are getting diarrhoeas, so it’s really very difficult to see the good news of the water situation.”
The drought is a major problem in Zambias poorest country, with one of the worst floods in the world in 2013.
Zambias top water authority, the Zambian Ministry of Water Resources, says that the country’s water demand has risen by about 20% since 2013, while water use in Zambas rural areas has also risen.
“There is an alarming increase in water use and consumption, particularly in rural Zambias.
There is a significant increase in household water consumption,” said Guguleso.
“So, the government is in urgent need of water, it is very urgent.”
Zambia, which has a population of about 17 million, has one of Africa’s highest per capita income levels, but has struggled to provide clean water.
In 2017, Zambias government allocated about $8.6 million to provide drinking water to Zambias 1.5 million people, or about 6% of the total population.
Zambian government has also said that a significant amount of the nations water infrastructure needs repairs, which will cost at least $1.4 billion.
The government also recently announced that it was cancelling water-related contracts for two major projects, including a water pipeline that would have run for up to 100 kilometres to Zambia.
Zambas government has been criticized for not doing enough to protect the water supply.
“What has been happening is the Zambia government has not taken adequate action to address the problem of the lack of water,” said Zambian environmentalist Paul Mwangi.
“It is really a tragedy for the country, and for Zambia.”
In February 2017, an international court in the Hague ruled that Zambias water and sewage infrastructure was at risk due to inadequate and inefficient water treatment.
The ruling is expected to lead to a dramatic increase in the cost of drinking water and to further cut water supplies.
Zambians drinking water is already highly contaminated with sewage.
Water authorities in Zambases capital Lusakana are still unable to deliver clean water to all areas of the city.
In a recent report, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) found that the Zambias population is suffering from a severe water crisis.
“Water scarcity and the lack, or near-absence, of reliable water supplies has caused the extreme poverty and insecurity that have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in the country,” the report said.
“More than 1.6 billion people live on less than $2 a day.
More than 50% of Zambias people live in the countryside.
The majority of the population lives on less that $1 a day.”