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Droughts and Heat Waves

Drought compounds food crisis in Haiti

Drought compounds food crisis in Haiti

The number of Haitians who face severe food insecurity has doubled in the last six months as a result of three consecutive years of drought worsened by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, the United Nations World Food Program said this week.

According to the agency, about 3.6 million people — or more than a third of the country’s population — have been driven deeper into poverty and hunger and are struggling to access a reliable supply of food. Of those, 1.5 million are considered “severely food insecure.”

The crisis was compounded by losses in the main harvest of up to 70% in some areas, the agency said. It is a devastating blow for one...