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WFP says communities on verge of starvation in Madagascar

WFP says communities on verge of starvation in Madagascar

Antananarivo, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley called on the world to react to the invisible crisis in southern Madagascar today, where entire communities are on the verge of starvation, with women and children walking for hours to reach food after the worst drought in four decades devastated the south of the island.
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After having witnessed the current situation in Madagascar, Beasley said there have been back-to-back droughts in the island which have pushed communities right to the very edge of starvation. Families are suffering and people are already dying from severe hunger, he added. Beasley blamed climate change for the crisis.

The south of Madagascar suffers the worst drought in the last four decades, with more than 1.14 million people in food insecurity situation, of which about 14,000 are already in catastrophic conditions, a situation that will double to 28,000 in October 2021.

The seriousness of this scenario forces thousands of people to leave their homes and walk for hours to get some food, while others fall back on extreme measures to survive such as looking for wild food, said Beasley.

WFP´s data show that global acute malnutrition in children under five years of age in Madagascar nearly doubled (16.5%) over the last four months.

Among the most hit is the district of Ambovombe, reaching out 27%, so many children are currently facing up a hard situation of danger to their lives.

‘We cannot turn our backs on the people who live in Madagascar, while drought endangers thousands of innocent lives. It´s time to act and go on supporting the Malagasy government to contain the effects of climate change and save lives,’ said Beasley.

WFP has been working in Madagascar since the end of 2020 in order to tackle down on extreme hunger; however, as the crisis worsens those efforts must increase, he stressed.

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