The severe drought has forced Zimbabwe to declare a state of emergency.
The measure is a relief for the country’s 60 rural districts, which as of today has almost two-and-a-half million people, a quarter of the population, only by declaring the state an emergency will the government expedite the delivery of humanitarian aid.
In the southern part of the country up to 75% of crops have been already lost. More than 16,000 head of cattle have died of hunger in recent weeks to add to this disastrous condition.
“By declaring this drought an emergency and providing clear evidence of the impact it will have on people’s lives, we give visibility to Zimbabwe and the South African region so that donors and the international community recognize that we are facing a very serious problem, “said Eddie Rowe, director of the World Food Program in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is not the only country affected by this natural catastrophe
The UN estimates that 14 million people could suffer food shortages this year in the region. In Malawi the famine is affecting nearly three million people, and growing by the day.
The situation may worsen in the coming months, as the so-called rainy season traditionally ends in April, to give way to five months of dry season weather with no natural relief in sight, the only way to combat this drought is the involvement and implementation of humanitarian intervention.