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Zimbabwe Declares National Disaster as Drought Devastates Southern Africa

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In response to the severe drought plaguing Southern Africa, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared a state of national disaster.

The drought crisis, which began last year due to the El Nino weather pattern, has left more than 2.7 million Zimbabweans facing starvation.

To address the crisis, Mnangagwa stated that over $2 billion would be needed, with a primary focus on winter cropping to enhance food reserves.

Mnangagwa emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating that preliminary assessments have shown the need for substantial financial support for various interventions.

Furthermore, the government plans to collaborate with the private sector to import grains in an effort to mitigate the impact of the drought.

Neighboring countries like Zambia and Malawi have also declared similar national disasters in response to the widespread drought.

Projections indicate that Zimbabwe, with a population of approximately 15 million, is expected to experience a 60% shortfall in cereal production due to crop failures across different regions.

The World Food Programme has described the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe as “dire,” highlighting the urgent need for intervention.

Similar drought-related challenges are being experienced in countries like Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, and Mozambique.

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