23.2 C
Accra
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Zimbabwe: A third of population faces food crisis, says UN

Must Read

Call for Affirmative Action Bill to be passed before 2023

By: Razak Baba The Executive, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Parliament have been urged to hasten...

3 persons shot dead by gunmen near Bawku SHS

Calm has returned to Bawku after the shooting incident which killed three people Tuesday, August 16. Information on how...

Private Universities challenged to venture into digital manufacturing to support local industries to create jobs

By Mercy Darko Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has challenged universities, especially the private ones to explore venturing into digital...

More than five million people in Zimbabwe – about a third of the population – need food aid, with many coming close to starving, the UN says.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a $331m (£270m) appeal as the country battles the effects of drought, a cyclone and an economic crisis.

David Beasley, head of the WFP, said many were “in crisis emergency mode… marching towards starvation”.

Once a regional breadbasket, Zimbabwe has suffered years of turmoil.

Recent harvests have been badly affected by drought and the price of food has risen sharply. Low water levels have also hit the main hydro-electric plant at Kariba, triggering rolling power cuts across the country.

The country is also facing a financial crisis and has reintroduced the Zimbabwe dollar a decade after it was abandoned amidst rampant inflation.

Launching the appeal on Tuesday, Mr Beasley said about 2.5 million people were on the cusp of starvation.

“We are talking about people who truly are marching towards starvation if we are not here to help them,” he said.

“We are facing a drought unlike any that we have seen in a long time.”

The drought has reduced water levels at Kariba, cutting electricity generation

Zimbabwe’s problems were exacerbated when Cyclone Idai swept through the region earlier this year.

The huge storm, which also hit parts of Malawi and Mozambique, affected 570,000 Zimbabweans and left tens of thousands of them homeless.

SourceBBC NEWS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Call for Affirmative Action Bill to be passed before 2023

By: Razak Baba The Executive, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Parliament have been urged to hasten...

3 persons shot dead by gunmen near Bawku SHS

Calm has returned to Bawku after the shooting incident which killed three people Tuesday, August 16. Information on how they were killed remains scanty,...

Private Universities challenged to venture into digital manufacturing to support local industries to create jobs

By Mercy Darko Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has challenged universities, especially the private ones to explore venturing into digital manufacturing to help local industries...

Mahama criticises Akufo-Addo for refusing to review Free SHS

Former President John Dramani Mahama has criticised President Akufo-Addo for the continuous refusal of his government to review the flagship Free Senior High School...

University of Ghana wins $165 million judgement debt case

A District Court in the United States of America has turned down a request to compel the University of Ghana (UG) to pay ACE...

More Articles Like This