45 million people threatened by starvation in southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG | A record number of 45 million people are threatened by starvation in southern Africa because of drought, floods and economic hardship in their country, were alerted Thursday to the united Nations.

“This crisis of hunger reaches unprecedented proportions, and our observations on the ground show that it’s going to get worse,” warned in a press release the regional manager of the world food Programme (WFP) Lola Castro.

For five years now, the entire southern tip of the african continent suffers from an important lack of rain, aggravated by repeated episodes of abnormal climate known as El Nino, which weigh on agricultural crops in sixteen countries, most of them very poor.

The warming of global temperatures also causes storms gold cyclones more violent.

Last year, the tropical cyclone Idai has caused catastrophic flooding in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, with more than a thousand dead, several million people and considerable damage.

This year, the WFP provides support to 8.3 million people in situation of food insecurity in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini and Malawi.

The un agency reiterated Thursday stis strong appeal to the international community and the donors, arguing that it did for the time being only 205 of 489 million needed to fund sti projects, emergency assistance.