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UN raises alarm over food crises in Zimbabwe, says 5m people need aid



UN raises alarm over food crises in Zimbabwe, says 5m people need aid

The United Nations has raised an alarm over food shortages in Zimbabwe as harvests have left many scrambling for humanitarian aid.

In a bid to salvage the situation, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has stepped up efforts by launching an appeal for $331m (£270m) as the country battles the effects of drought, a cyclone and an economic crisis

According to David Beasley, head of the WFP, many were “in crisis emergency mode… marching towards starvation” warning that more than five million people – a third of the population – are in need of aid.

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Launching an appeal on Tuesday, Mr Beasley said about 2.5 million people were on the verge 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,” he added.

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