Years of drought in a row now have more than a million people in Madagascar suffering from famine. The World Food Program therefore asks for donations.
Geneva (dpa) – According to the World Food Program (WFP) in Madagascar, more than a million people in the south of the island are affected by the worst drought in 40 years.
Many children are chronically malnourished and need medical treatment, the organization reported Friday in Geneva. In the island nation off the east coast of Africa, the situation threatens to deteriorate. The World Food Program therefore called for donations.
The WFP cited several consecutive years of drought and sandstorms as the cause of the famine, which would have rendered many fields unusable. This year it has rained little so far. The government expects only 40 percent of the average harvest over the past five years in the south. Madagascar was once a French colony. It is 1.6 times the size of Germany and has about 28 million inhabitants.
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