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500,000 May Starve in Mozambique Drought

<i> Reuters</i>

More than 500,000 people in central Mozambique are facing starvation in the worst drought in 40 years, local authorities said Friday.

“The present crop is practically lost . . . causing a grave famine situation,” a government report said.

“Our province is in a catastrophic situation and is going through the worst drought in the last 40 years,” the director of agriculture in Manica province said.

The population of the province is estimated at 622,000 people. More than 560,000 of those people live in areas where most of the corn and millet harvest has been lost.

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