The UN’s World Food Programme says half a million children in southern Madagascar face acute malnourishment. Unicef says this will be a four-fold increase since the previous assessment was conducted in October last year. UNICEF and WFP said in a report that more than 1.14 million people are food insecure in southern Madagascar. The UN says five straight years of low rainfall have wiped out harvests and reduced access to food for many in the worst affected regions. Three-quarters of the population have been affected by drought and Covid-19 infections, aggravated by poor health and sanitation facilities and a lack of safe drinking water. Tim Irwin is the Chief of Communications in Madagascar and he told SABC News urgent assistance from the international community is required.
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