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Madagascar Has 1.1 Million People on Brink of Famine Due to a Prolonged Drought, UN Says

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About 1.1 million people in the southern part of Madagascar face food insecurity as a prolonged drought and a sandstorm bring subsistence farming to a standstill, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Without rains since December 2019, an increasing number of people are being pushed into famine. The 14,000 people currently in that situation could double by September, Volantiana Raharinaivo, a communications officer for the Antananarivo-based FAO office, said in a phone interview.

The three regions threatened by famine are Anosy, Androy and Atsimo-Andrefana, an area almost the size of New York State. Agriculture, livestock breeding and fishing are the most common activities in the area, which is prone to droughts and suffers from inadequate health and education services.

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Rare sandstorm engulfs two districts in capital Ankara, Turkey #Sandstorm #Ankara #Polatlı #Haymana #Turkey

Rare sandstorm engulfs two districts in capital Ankara

A rare sandstorm engulfed Polatlı and Haymana districts in the capital Ankara on Sept. 12 which left six people wounded.

Residents panicked as the sandstorm hit two districts at 15:00 p.m. local time, according to daily Hürriyet.

Ankara Governor Vasip Şahin said six people were slightly wounded. as the state meteorology authority issued heavy rain and storm alert earlier in the day.

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