Drought short­fall

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

THE UN food agency needs $730 mil­lion (R10.6 bn) over the next 12 months for re­lief in seven south­ern African coun­tries hit hard by a blis­ter­ing drought and faced a $610m short­fall.

The World Food Pro­gramme (WFP) said the coun­tries were Malawi, Zim­babwe, Mozam­bique, Le­sotho, Mada­gas­car, Swazi­land and Zam­bia.

In Malawi, WFP said it needed $288m but had only sourced $43m, while in Zim­babwe $228m was re­quired but only a tenth of that has been raised.

An El Nino weather pat­tern, which ended in May, trig­gered drought con­di­tions across the re­gion.

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