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Drought: Half a million Zimbabweans to be fed by US till October



Drought: Half a million Zimbabweans to be fed by US till October
In a bid to ease hunger in a country struck by drought, nearly half a million Zimbabweans will continue to receive food and aid for the next six months after the American government provided an extra $20 million to help ease hunger.
About twelve of the districts of the South African country are worse hit by the drought considered to be the worst in the country’s history after El Nino-induced lack cut the output of the staple maize crop, leaving close to 4 million Zimbabweans needing food aid.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) informs that more than 450,000 people, who faced a grim future after a food aid programme ended in March, will now continue to receive food or cash until October, when the next rainy season starts.
The U.S. is a major humanitarian donor in Zimbabwe but has since 2002 provided aid through agencies like the United Nations World Food Programmes and the additional $20 million will bring to $55 million the amount provided by the U.S. to feed hungry Zimbabweans since June last year.

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