Feb 10, 2016

Millions face food shortages as El Niño fuels Africa's worst drought in decades

Malawi
Madagascar
Zimbabwe
by
Michael Casey
,
VICE News
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters

Southern and eastern Africa are in the grips of a historic drought blamed on El Niño that has put millions at risk of starvation, devastated croplands, and dried up rivers across the region.

The World Food Program estimates that up to 14 million people are facing hunger due to failed crops, skyrocketing commodity and food prices, and the lowest levels of precipitation in 35 years. Among the worst affected areas are Malawi, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe