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Posted on Monday, 01 February 2016 17:11

Potential crop catastrophies

Photo©Getty ImagesDrought for some, devastating rains for others: the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 11 million children in East and Southern Africa are at risk of hunger and disease due to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, caused by highwater temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.

As UNICEF reports, the impact of weather changes could be brutal: "Many of the countries that face the gravest threat from climate change are the same ones now bracing for the brunt of El Niño."

Ethiopia is already facing the worst drought in 30 years. South Africa's Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces have been the worst hit, and there will be no grain exports to Botswana and Swaziland.

Ethiopia says the government is ferrying food to areas prone to famine and Kenya has started to build camps for displaced people.



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