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Food security crisis in southern Africa after drought

Southern Africa is still recovering from the devastating effects brought

on by a two-year-long El Nino event that ended in early 2016. El Nino is known for its widespread impact across the globe resulting in drought, flooding and other natural disasters. But the 2014-2016 event was considered one of worst, ranked as one of the top three strongest since 1950. Areas across southern Africa were particularly hit hard by the global anomaly. Many of those countries saw temperatures rise well above average with some of the driest condition in more than 30 years. The United Nations has recently warned that 14 million people are at risk of starvation across the region as it continues to face widespread water shortages, as well as reduced crop and livestock production. David Orr of the World Food Program stated "We have an extremely large food security crisis in southern Africa at the moment, as a result of a couple of years of drought, and in some cases failed harvests. So there are millions and millions of people across this region, who do not have enough to eat at the moment." Much of southern Africa is now in planting season and experiencing drought relief as the weather pattern has shifted to a La Nino cycle,which helps to bring in more rain across some regions.