MILLIONS OF ZAMBIANS AT RISK OF STARVATION AS FOOD SHORTAGE TRIPLES

MILLIONS OF ZAMBIANS AT RISK OF STARVATION AS FOOD SHORTAGE TRIPLES South Sudan, Pieri, Uror County, 07 February 2019 South Sudan’s food security is dire in 2019. Nearly half of South Sudan’s population of 11 million faces severe food shortages between January and March 2019, with 5.2 million people in need. The number of people in need is expected to increase, with more people likely to struggle to meet their food needs as the country approaches the peak of the hunger season between May and August 2019. In line with its strategy to increase the use of surface transport and reduce over-reliance on costly airdrops, WFP has successfully tested road deliveries to Uror and Nyrol by using 10 WFP fleet trucks. Both locations were previously served by airdrops. Following the success of the tests, commercial trucks are preparing to deliver larger food quantities to those locations. In the Photo: Nyabany Mun Roah, 43 years old prepares a meal for her four children outside her family hut in Karam, Uror county. “At the moment my family depend of WFP support. We lost what we planted because of the drought.” Photo: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua

Food relief has been provided over the last few months Image caption: Food relief has been provided over the last few months

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and its Zambian counterpart are appealing for $3.5m (£2.7m) in donations to avert “catastrophic” food insecurity that it says could affect 2.3 million people.

Low rainfall and waterlogging have destroyed many crops, the humanitarian groups say.

A lack of drinking water caused by drought means that “people and animals – both livestock and wildlife – are having to use the same water points,” says Zambia Red Cross’s head, Kaitano Chungu.

“This is unacceptable as it exposes people to diseases and creates a heightened risk of animal attacks.”

Food relief has been provided over the past few months, the Red Cross says in a statement, but adds “more help is needed”.

 

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