Over 700,000 people in Lesotho facing severe hunger

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Food distribution in Lesotho

A combination of flooding, late rains and early frost in Lesotho has led to a decline in agricultural production by about 70 per cent, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Over a third of the population is estimated to be food insecure, it says.

Maize and sorghum are the southern African nation's main crops.

An appeal for US $38.5 million has been made to help the most vulnerable populations for the next 6 months.

Motsoahae Thomas Thabane is the Prime Minister of Lesotho.

"We haven't really been disappointed by the international community, it has always been forthcoming. This is why we quite openly appeal to them again because they know that when we do appeal, it is because there is a problem."

Mr. Thabane is scheduled to deliver a speech to the UN general debate Thursday afternoon.

Duration: 14″

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