Famine Threatens East Africa as Drought Persists

HOLA, Kenya—East Africans grappling with the devastating effects of four straight lost rainy seasons face the likelihood that the next few rains will fall short, deepening a hunger crisis that has turned famine in some areas within weeks could lead.

Meteorologists are issuing dire warnings of a disappointing fifth rainy season, which usually begins next month across most of East Africa, and forecast dry weather for next year. Aid agencies, meanwhile, say they lack the resources to save people from starvation as local crop failures and livestock deaths are exacerbated by high global food prices, which despite some recent declines are still around 8% higher than a year ago. and export restrictions to neighboring countries. Famine Threatens East Africa as Drought Persists

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