Flooding in southern Africa could lead to food shortages

Food shortages could hit southern Africa after large areas of farmland and crops were damaged by heavy rain and flooding.

flooding in southern Africa

flooding in southern Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that communities in poorer parts of the region are especially vulnerable in the coming months.

In Lesotho, one of the poorest countries in the region, the FAO says up to 60 per cent of the harvest has been lost and more than 4,700 livestock, mainly sheep and goats have died.

Elizabeth Kelly is from the FAO.

“Flooding is the perennial problem in Southern Africa in this season, but this year it’s particularly severe. This is combined with a more severe than usual cyclone season. So in several countries in the region, we have a number of households that have been displaced and large swathes of crops that have been damaged which is going to have serious impacts for the food security of the people in those areas.”

The agency is preparing for possible agricultural aid to the region, such as delivering seeds and restoring agricultural activity. It is also helping to monitor flooding, as well as measures to prevent the outbreak or spread of animal diseases.

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