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El Nino Devastating Harvests in Southern Africa, Aid Agencies Say

GENEVA—
Aid agencies are gearing up to help millions of people in southern Africa survive one of the driest years in more than three decades.

The United Nations says 14 million people across southern Africa do not know where their next meals are coming from. It says 2.5 million people are in crisis and require urgent humanitarian assistance.

Malawians queue for food aid distributed by the United Nations World Food Program in Mzumazi village near the capital, Lilongwe, Feb. 3, 2016.

The region is in the grip of an intense drought, driven by one of the strongest El Nino climate events of the last 50 years. El Nino produces extreme drought and acute water shortages in some parts of the world and heavy rainfall and flooding in others.

Lack of rain across southern Africa has caused long delays in planting and has resulted in widespread crop failure. World Food Program spokeswoman Bettina Luescher told VOA that people have struggled to cope with the losses.

“They eat fewer and smaller meals,” she said. “They take their children out of school so the children can get little jobs and somehow help their families to make some money and try to get some food. They sell off their animals, their livestock, at really low prices. And we have also seen — for example, in Malawi — that there are more and more children being admitted to nutrition centers run by the aid agencies.”
GENEVA—
Aid agencies are gearing up to help millions of people in southern Africa survive one of the driest years in more than three decades.

The United Nations says 14 million people across southern Africa do not know where their next meals are coming from. It says 2.5 million people are in crisis and require urgent humanitarian assistance.

A Zimbabwean subsistence farmer holds a stunted maize cob in his field outside Harare, Jan. 20, 2016.

The region is in the grip of an intense drought, driven by one of the strongest El Nino climate events of the last 50 years. El Nino produces extreme drought and acute water shortages in some parts of the world and heavy rainfall and flooding in others.

Lack of rain across southern Africa has caused long delays in planting and has resulted in widespread crop failure. World Food Program spokeswoman Bettina Luescher told VOA that people have struggled to cope with the losses.

“They eat fewer and smaller meals,” she said. “They take their children out of school so the children can get little jobs and somehow help their families to make some money and try to get some food. They sell off their animals, their livestock, at really low prices. And we have also seen — for example, in Malawi — that there are more and more children being admitted to nutrition centers run by the aid agencies.”

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