Weather Extremes Cause Food Shortage in Mozambique

Heavy floods near the rivers in southern and central Mozambique and drought elsewhere in the region have caused food shortages that left some 456,000 people in need of immediate assistance, IRIN reports. Lola Castro, country director of the World Food Program, said this represents a major challenge because WFP is currently capable of supporting only approximately 175,000 people. Funding for WFP efforts in Mozambique are also expected to dry up by April 2010, Castro added.

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