UN AGENCY WARNS OF DANGER OF FAMINE IN SOUTH SUDAN

JUBA, --An official of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) issued an alert on a possible famine caused by the military conflict in South Sudan.

'We must act now to prevent a catastrophe, created by the drought and the war started in late 2013,' warned the FAO representative in the African country, Serge Tissot.

According to the official, the situation will worsen at the beginning of next year, when the reserves of the last harvest are exhausted.

Some 3.7 million people (one in three) in the country lack sufficient food because of lack of rain and persistent clashes between the government of President Salva Kiir and the rebels of former Vice-President Riek Machar, as per Tissot's assessment.

According to FAO, food shortages rised five-fold the price of agricultural products such as sorghum, staple food in this and other countries in the region.

The UN agency, which faces a 28 million deficit in aid provision by the end of the year, estimated that tens of thousands of people will suffer from hunger in northern regions such as Unity and Northern Bahr el-Ghazal.

Source: Nam News Network

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