Madagascar Faces Famine in Worst Drought in 40 Years

A historic drought, sandstorms caused by deforestation and the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have plunged southern Madagascar into the region's worst nutrition crisis in decades. Some 74,000 children are acutely malnourished.

It is estimated that more than a million people face hunger in the country's worst drought in 40 years. An immediate and massive increase in food aid is urgently needed for  the region, says Médecins Sans Frontières.

The UN's World Food Programme provided hundreds of meals to malnourished children and elderly people weakened by hunger in the commune of Sihanamaro, 30 km from Ambovombe, the capital of the Androy region in southern Madagascar.

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