Up to 50 million people in Africa could face a food shortage crisis by Christmas as the continent is in the grip of a severe drought, the UN has warned. Severe weather conditions caused by the worst El Niño – a weather phenomenon that affects rainfall patterns – in 30 years are worsening and drought has ravaged crops and driven up food prices.

More than 31 million need food now and 20 million more are likely to run out this year, the UN said.
A further 10 million people in Ethiopia, six million in southern Sudan and five million in Yemen were in danger of starvation after floods and drought, it added. READ MORE