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Thursday, 03 March 2016

Drought may affect 49-million across Southern Africa

As many as 49-million people in Southern Africa could be affected by a drought that has been worsened by the most severe and longest El Nino weather pattern in 35 years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday. The WFP, which has previously said 14-million people face hunger in the region, said the El Nino conditions had caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October and December since 1981. The forecast for January to March indicated a high probability of below-normal rainfall in Southern Africa, which would result in one of the worst droughts on record, it added. "It is estimated that 40-million rural people and 9-million poor urban people who live in drought-affected areas, could be exposed," the WFP said in its latest report. The drought has hit much of the region, including the maize belt in SA, the continent’s top producer of the staple grain.

Source: BD Live