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World Food Programme appeals for $331m for Zimbabweans facing starvation 

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According to the United Nations (UN), with the economic situation in Zimbabwe worsening, about a third of the population is close to starvation and in desperate need of food aid.

Reports say that the World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a $331 million appeal as the country battles the effects of drought, a cyclone and an economic crisis.

Head of the WFP David Beasley said many were “in crisis emergency mode and marching towards starvation”.

The Southern African country has suffered years of economic and political turmoil.

With the country having recently introduced the Zimbabwe dollar, rejecting all foreign currency, food prices have risen sharply with drought affecting harvesting and low water levels in the country.

Rolling power cuts have also rampaged the country.

The WFP launched an appeal on Tuesday saying about 2.5 million people were on the point of starvation.  

“We are talking about people who truly are marching towards starvation if we are not here to help them,” said Beasley.

“We are facing a drought unlike any that we have seen in a long time,” he said.

The huge storm affected 570,000 Zimbabweans and left tens of thousands of them homeless.

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said in a statement last week, the government had been providing grain to 757,000 homes since January, in both rural and urban areas.

While President Emmerson Mnangagwa, declared the drought a national disaster on Tuesday.

The UN was already appealing for $294m for Zimbabwe but says it now needs more funding as the impact of the drought has spread.

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