'It's a disaster': children bear brunt of southern Africa's devastating drought
An article in The Guardian newspaper, published on 21 April 2016, describes how drought is overwhelming communities in southern Malawi and Zimbabwe. It is particulalrly affecting children who are fainting and dropping out from school. The drought is the result of one of the strongest El Niño weather events ever recorded. The UN has warned that its severity has “overwhelmed” many countries. It has caused severe droughts and floods in Southern Africa, and hunger crises elsewhere. Based on information from international agencies, the article notes that 32 million people are food insecure in Southern Africa but that this number could double by the end of the year and that there is a $2bn current funding gap for El Niño-related response.