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Africa Drought Leaves 14 Million Needing Food Aid, WFP Says

  • Full impact of El Nino induced drought “continue to deepen”
  • World Food Programme says $636 million needed for response

The effects of a drought ravaging southern Africa is worsening and the number of people relying on food aid will double to 14.1 million by the end of the year, according to the United Nations World Food Programme.

Currently some 7.5 million people in Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe require assistance to feed themselves, the WFP said in an e-mailed statement Friday. The WFP is stepping up relief efforts after a drought caused by the El Nino weather pattern wrecked harvests across the region.