Zimbabwe going through vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition: UN

The United Nations has said that Zimbabwe is going through a vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest. About half of the country’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse.

World Food Programme’s executive director David Beasley said in a statement that with poor rains expected before the harvest in April, the scale of hunger will worsen.

According to the UN expert, Hilal Elver, Inflation is skyrocketing to over 490 per cent. This is the second-highest rate in the world after Venezuela.

Zimbabwe’s crisis includes high unemployment, cash and water shortages and electricity outages of up to 19 hours a day.

The World Food Programme said it plans to more than double the number of people it helps to more than 4 million. More than 7 million people overall are in need.