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Malawi Faces Severe Food Shortages Due To Effects Of El Nino: UN

The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday it feared hunger in Malawi, which is struggling with food shortages, a long drought and other effects of El Nino, and a stagnant economy.

UNICEF has launched mass screening for malnutrition in children under five across 25 districts, or 90 percent of the country, amid reports that food shortages and rising prices are causing increasing hunger.

"Although official figures are saying that malnutrition cases are not increasing, we know from past experience that this may not be the whole story," Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF country representative, said in a statement.


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