Prolonged drought creates food insecurity in Central America

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Hugo Jolón lost his maize crop in the Dry Corridor in Guatemala. (Copyright: WFP/Francisco Fión)

A prolonged drought is threatening to leave over two million people without enough food in Central America, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The agency says that thousands of cattle have died, and warns that in the coming months food security is expected to get worse as families deplete their food stocks.

Jens Laerke is OCHA Spokesperson in Geneva.

"A prolonged drought there has turned into a creeping humanitarian emergency for nearly two and a half million people who are now considered food insecure. The majority of those who are affected are subsistence farmers, farm labourers and low-income families in Honduras, Guatemala and El-Salvador. In Honduras and Guatemala, up to 75 per cent of maize and bean crops have been lost in the drought." (25")

Mr Laerke said that more than $ 30 million is needed to help Honduras and Guatemala.

UN agencies are also preparing to apply for funding from the UN Central Emergency Fund (CERF) to help El Salvador.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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