Drought worsening in Lesotho, urgent aid needed

A severe drought in Lesotho is worsening amid growing calls for urgent assistance.

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The drought has never been seen in the country with two million people, most of whom living on farming, Haretsebe Mahosi, CEO of Lesotho Disaster Management Authority, said on Friday.

food aid “We are in a terrible situation. This is the worst drought we have ever seen. We had another one in the early 70s, but this one is more severe drought than the previous one,” he said.

In the country’s 10 districts, water supply has been cut, Mahosi said.

People are going hungry, animals have no water to drink and there is no water for irrigation, he added.

Mahosi said preliminary assessment shows that over 650,000 people are in urgent need of food, and dry conditions are expected to continue into the winter of 2016.

He revealed that the country requires assistance to the tune of 584 million rand or 37 million U.S. dollars to deal with the drought.

The government has now raised 10 million dollars and is urgently in need of more assistance.

“We have received signals of blood stained diarrhea in some parts of the country and we cannot rule out cholera. There is a possibility that HIV cases will increase,” said the official.

Mahosi said they have also received reports of anthrax in the country. He expressed fear that people eat the dead cattle and are likely to get anthrax. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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