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UN reports world's first famine due to climate change

Source : 112 Ukraine

Today in the south of Madagascar about 500 thousand children under the age of 5 are malnourished
18:29, 3 November 2021

UNICEF

The world is experiencing it's first famine due to climate change, the press center of the United Nations reports.

"Pockets of famine have now been reported in Southern Madagascar… this is basically the only - maybe the first - climate change famine on earth," the message reads.

According to the UN World Food Program (WFP), about 500,000 children under the age of 5 are malnourished today. It is expected that 110 thousand of them will be severely malnourished in the period from now to April 2022.

Runway representatives say that the causes of famine in the area are climatic phenomena (the region has experienced the worst drought in 40 years), as well as the impact of Covid-19 on human life.

"We have some acute phenomena, like…back-to-back droughts in the last five years, a new phenomenon of sandstorms probably caused by soil erosion, deforestation for the last 20 to 30 years and then of course the consequences, the impact of COVID," WFP adds.

WFP spokesman Arduino Mangoni said after a visit to a famine center in Madagascar that he had never seen children in the current situation in Madagascar.

WFP needs $69 million to help the starving.

As it was reporred earler, in the summer the UN said that due to conflicts, climate change and economic shocks that have caused inflation and rising food prices, 41 million people worldwide are at risk of starvation.

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