U.N. agency says needs $290 million for drought-sticken Zimbabwe

Reuters News
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Posted: May 09, 2016 9:07 AM

HARARE (Reuters) - The United Nations Development Programme has raised $70 million since February for humanitarian aid for drought-stricken Zimbabwe but has a funding gap of $290 million for assistance until March next year, a U.N. official said on Monday.

An El Nino-induced drought has hit southern Africa and cut the output of the staple maize crop. In March, the government said 4 million Zimbabweans required food aid, almost 30 percent of the population.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Ed Stoddard; Editing by James Macharia)