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OCHA warns climate crisis causing food insecure in southern Africa

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that more than 9.2 million people across the southern Africa region are now severely food insecure due to a climate crisis that is impacting parts of the region, a UN spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, said at a press briefing that the figure is expected to grow to 12 million at the peak of the lean season between October and next March.

Parts of the region are experiencing the lowest rainfall since 1981, which is leading to increased humanitarian needs, he added.

According to OCHA, some parts of the region have endured destruction by cyclones, pests and disease, and are working to recover from the multi-faceted impacts of those shocks, Dujarric said. “For example, in Mozambique, drought, two cyclones and violence in the north are expected to leave nearly two million people severely food insecure from October through March.”

Namibia has received its lowest rainfall in 35 years and at least 290,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the north of the country are suffering from an acute food security crisis, with up to 90,000 livestock reported to have died due to drought, the spokesperson added.

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