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1.4-million in Madagascar need food aid due to drought, WFP says

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1.4-million in Madagascar need food aid due to drought, WFP says

13th January 2021

By: Reuters

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More than a million people in southern Madagascar will need food aid this year as the effects of drought have been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said.

WFP said 1.35-million people, or just over a third of the south's population, will require such aid, almost twice the number that needed it in 2020.

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"With drought conditions persisting into 2021 and a poor last harvest, weary communities have few resources to fall back on and many have had to leave their homes in search of food and work," WFP said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has added to the hardship, causing seasonal employment to dry up. Many families relied on this income to get through the lean season, which peaks between January and April."

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As of January 12, Madagascar had confirmed 18 001 cases of the coronavirus and reported 267 deaths with 17 447 recoveries, according to a Reuters tally.

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