Displaced women from drought hit areas wait to fill their jerrycans as they gather at the water point at a camp for internally displaced people in Dollow, Somalia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)on Thursday said a record 45 million people in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community are gravely food insecure following repeated drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray.
“This hunger crisis is on a scale we’ve not seen before and the evidence shows it’s going to get worse,” the WFP’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Lola Castro, said in a statement.
“The annual cyclone season has begun and we simply cannot afford a repeat of the devastation caused by last year’s unprecedented storms.”
Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Jon Boyle