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Disturbing UN figures show more than 100 million people facing acute hunger worldwide

Latest Figures From The United Nations Show A Disturbing Reality Of The Developed World. More Than 100 Million People Worldwide Are Facing Acute Malnutrition Or Are Starving To Death.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Hina Khan | Updated on: 04 Mar 2017, 09:16:28 PM
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New Delhi:

Latest figures from the United Nations show a disturbing reality of the developed world. More than 100 million people worldwide are facing acute malnutrition or are starving to death.

According to the latest figures, 102 million people were on the brink of starvation last year, an increase of almost 30 per cent from 80 million in 2015.

The rise can be acknowledged to deepening crisis in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia where drought and conflict have wreaked havoc.

The nail-biting figures by UN World Food Programme said more than 20 million people - greater than the population of Romania or Florida - risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines.  

Yemen, Nigeria and South Sudan are being devastated by wars while drought in east Africa is ruining agricultural economy and leaving millions in poverty.

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Followed by prolonged civil war and economic crisis famine has been formally declared in two countries of South Sudan.

A lot of factors are responsible for the starvation of millions in these areas. Lack of funding, inadequate humanitarian air, world politics, geographical constraints have colluded to keep these areas in distress.

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First Published : 04 Mar 2017, 09:08:00 PM

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