The UN has raised an alarm over the drought situation affecting rural communities in Zimbabwe. According to the United Nations Development Programme, up to 4.5 million people will need food aid by next March.
The agency is looking to plug a 290 million dollar funding gap to feed an estimated 4 million residents. The UN’s World Food Programme country director says that maize production forecast for Zimbabwe in 2016 will fall below 60 percent. It is estimated that about 6,000 school children have dropped out due to the ongoing famine.
Zimbabwe, which was once the breadbasket of the Southern African region has been forced to import grain from neighbouring countries and the El Nino weather phenomenon hits harder at the country.