SADC Puts Together Drought Response Team

6 Jun 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
HARARE, Zimbabwe
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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat has set up a team to coordinate drought relief efforts in member countries after the failed 2015-2016 rainy season.In a statement issued on May 26th, Barbara Lopi of the SADC Secretariat said El Niño-induced severe drought has affected  an estimated 27 million people, or 9 percent  of the  regional bloc’s total population of 293 million.Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique have already declared national drought disasters and called for urgent international assistance.The SADC El Niño response team, established in line with a directive from the SADC Council of Ministers following their meeting held in Gaborone, Botswana last March, includes staff from the secretariat and from UN agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Program (WFP), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)...

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