Some 1.5 million people in southern Madagascar are facing hunger because of a severe drought, the UN says.
Production of staple foods has declined sharply, resulting in higher food prices. Residents are said to be eating seeds and selling animals to cope.
More than half of those affected are acutely food insecure, the UN adds, meaning that they need urgent humanitarian assistance.
The situation has been made worse by the El Nino weather phenomenon.
The lack of sufficient rains in the southern region of Androy alone resulted in an 80% decline in maize production this year compared with the already reduced levels of 2015, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report.
The drought also affected the production of another staple food, cassava, in Androy and also in Atsimo-Andrefana, where production dropped by approximately half, the agency added.
Brazil win U17 World cup after beating Mexico
Brazil bags another remarkable win to tally its Under-17 World Cup trophy by beating Mexico.
The host team, Brazil leaves it late to triumphed a 2-1 win at the Bezerrao stadium.
thanks to Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ 93rd-minute goal to made the difference.
Mexico – winners of the showpiece tournament in 2005 and 2011 – looked on track to add a third title to their collection when Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan headed home the opener in the 66th minute.
But Brazil, playing in front of legends Ronaldo and Cafu, rallied courtesy of Kaio Jorge’s questionable penalty with six minutes of regulation time remaining.
Brazil then completed the comeback deep into stoppage time when Lazaro volleyed home a last-gasp winner.
The victory added to Brazil’s successes in 1997, 1999 and 2003 as they moved within one of Nigeria’s record of five championships.
Hong kong crisis: Police threaten to use live bullet
After recent protesters livid escalation on the Hong Kong police, the authorities has threatened to fire live bullets if “rioters” did not stop using lethal weapons.
The police statement followed fresh clashes outside a university in the center of Hong Kong where protesters were hunkered down behind makeshift shields and hurled petrol bombs at police in a standoff blocking a vital tunnel link.
Police says, one of her officer had been treated in hospital after being hit in the leg by an arrow and another had his visor struck by a metal ball, although he was not hurt.
The violence in the Asian financial hub has posed the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Xi has said he is confident Hong Kong’s government can resolve the crisis.
Police have used live rounds in a few isolated incidents in the past.
Demonstrators, angry at what they see as Chinese meddling in the former British colony which has had autonomous status since returning to Chinese rule in 1997, have said they are responding to excessive use of force by police.
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