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15 March, 2016

Four million people need food aid in drought-hit Zimbabwe

The number of Zimbabweans requiring food aid has risen to 4 million, up from 3 million initially, state media said Tuesday.

An El Nino-induced drought has hit Zimbabwe hard and last month it appealed for $1.6 billion in aid to help pay for grain and other food, Reuters reported. Government stocks of maize, the staple food, were 91,326 tons as of March 10 – enough to last three months, according to Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira.

Farmers have lost cattle and crops and fear more pain, while organizations such as the UN’s World Food Program are feeding 1 million people.

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