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Africa drought fears grip Malawi and Mozambique

Food shortage fears over a drought in southern Africa have prompted Malawi to declare a state of national disaster and Mozambique to issue a "red alert"

BBC reports: The President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, warned in a statement some people needed aid for all of this year. Mozambique raised alert levels for southern and central regions.

While South Africa is struggling with what was named the worst in a century drought, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Lesotho are also suffering food shortages. The World Food Programme reports: more than 10 million people in the region are anticipated to be in great need of food aid in 2016. Besides, Malawi has undergone hardships of both flash floods and severe drought recently, which have damaged the staple maize crop. "It is very clear that we have [a] food shortage in the country which will affect a considerable number of our fellow citizens," Mr Mutharika said.

The President of the WFP David Orr admitted that the worst is still to come. "It will take a long time before the situations improves," he added. "Any improvement in the next months would be negligible."

The author of the article continues: “Malawi is considered the worst affected among several counties in a struggling region:

- In Zimbabwe, more than a quarter of the rural population - about 2.8 million people - do not have enough to eat

- South Africa, normally an exporter, has had to import grain to cover its needs

- Food prices in Zambia have sharply risen while low water levels at the Kariba dam have hit hydro-electric energy production.”

The expected drought, as well as extreme weather in countries across the globe, is reported to be caused by El Nino weather phenomenon.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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