U.N. food agency says 14 million face hunger in southern Africa

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 18, 2016 7:39 AM

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - About 14 million people are facing hunger in Southern Africa because of a drought that has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday.

The worst-affected country is Malawi, where 2.8 million people or 16 percent of the population are expected to go hungry, followed by the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar where almost 1.9 million are at risk, WFP said in a statement.

"With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is alarming," it said.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by James Macharia)