UN food agency signals alarm as drought threatens Madagascar

 More than 1 million people are facing malnourishment in southern Madagascar as the suffers worst drought in 40 years, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday.

The crisis has seen numerous children suffering from chronic nutritional shortfalls, often requiring medical assistance.

Noting that the problem could soon grow worse, the WFP said it is urging people to make donations so it can fight the problem.

The WFP said the problem has exacerbated by several years of drought in a row, coupled with sandstorms that have made fields unusable for farming.

This has also seen very little rain.

The government in Antananarivo said it expects only about 40 per cent of the average crop yield in the ’s south this .(dpa/NAN)