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An estimated 4.1 million people in rural Zimbabwe will be food insecure at the peak of the hunger season between January and March 2017, according to an assessment carried out by the country's development partners.

Close to 40 million people across southern Africa will be affected and Zimbabwe is one of the countries most affected. It is facing one of its worst droughts in 25 years and it is projected that close to 5.2 million people in Zimbabwe, including 1.1 million urban dwellers, will be affected during the first quarter of 2017.

Although it is mostly confined to the rural areas, the recent assessment shows that a huge urban population of close to 1.6 million people will also be food insecure in 2016.

The United Nations and various agencies are continuing their efforts to minimize the effects of the drought.

Bishiw Parajuli, the UN's Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), says: "What we are continuing to do is to appeal to more donors to support and new donors to join to help Zimbabwe because this is one of the worst droughts to hit Zimbabwe in 35 years and close to four to five million people are being affected."

The Zimbabwe government has denied that food aid is being distributed along partisan lines, and says that all their investigations into those allegations have turned out to be negative.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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