WFP: 45 million face hunger in Southern Africa

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New York, Jan.16 (BNA): The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme announced today that a record 45 million people in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community faced growing hunger following repeated drought, widespread flooding and bad economic conditions.

 

“This hunger crisis is on a scale we’ve not seen before and the evidence shows it’s going to get worse,” warned the WFP Regional Director for Southern Africa, Lola Castro in a statement.

 

She said that “the annual cyclone season has begun and we simply cannot afford a repeat of the devastation caused by last year’s unprecedented storms.”

 

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