Zimbabwe says up to 4 million need food aid after drought: state paper

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 15, 2016 2:17 AM

HARARE (Reuters) - The number of Zimbabweans requiring food aid has risen to 4 million, up from 3 million initially, a state-owned newspaper reported on Tuesday, as the southern African nation grapples with its worst drought in more than two decades.

An El Nino induced-drought has hit Zimbabwe the most and last month the country appealed for $1.6 billion in aid to help pay for grain and other food for 3 million people.

"The compilation of the new beneficiary register has now been finalised. Indications are that the figure of vulnerable households requiring food assistance could be as high as four million people," Prisca Mupfumira, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister told the Herald newspaper.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Savio D'Souza)