Southern Africa is ravaged by one of the worst droughts in decades, brought by this year's powerful El Niño event.
El Nino was one of the main issues at the first World Summit for Humanitarian Aid in Istanbul. As a result of this weather phenomenon, many African countries are being severely hit by drought, hunger and floods.
El Nino, a natural weather pattern linked to extreme droughts, storms and floods, could be one of the strongest on record this year. Parts of Africa are already facing hunger, disease and water shortages.
The southern African regional bloc SADC has declared the persistent drought a regional disaster. More than 40 million people in the region urgently need assistance.
A persistent drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomena is causing hunger and suffering for millions living near the east coast of Africa.
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