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Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa declares the drought a national disaster

The Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared a national disaster to tackle the long-term drought crisis.

Mnangagwa said on Wednesday the country needs $2 billion (£1.6 billion) to tackle hunger caused by low rainfall, which has wiped out about half the maize crop.

The grain shortage has caused food prices to rise and an estimated 2.7 million people will go hungry.

Neighboring countries Zambia and Malawi have also recently declared a state of emergency due to the drought.

The drought is a result of the global El Nino weather pattern and has caused a humanitarian crisis in southern Africa.

Zimbabwe is now joining the regional struggle to find enough maize on the international market.

Authorities say the number of people needing food aid will be higher than initially expected.

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