More than 11 million people in nine southern African nations are experiencing “emergency levels of food insecurity” because of drought and climate crisis, a joint UN-affiliated report said Thursday.

UNICEF, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Programme stressed the warning of the Regional Interagency Standing Committee Africa (RIASCO) that the number of people suffering crisis and emergency in the nine nations is likely to rise in coming months if humanitarian action is not implemented immediately.

In Zimbabwe, 3.58 million people are in danger. In Zambia, 2.3 million are estimated to be at crisis

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