Climate change Madagascar experienced a famine for the first time as a result of climate change, not conflict

The drought in the southern part of the island is the worst in forty years, and the food supply of 1.14 million people is estimated to be precarious.

Indian in the ocean Madagascar is facing a severe famine. The southern part of the island nation is plagued by the worst drought in decades.

According to the World Food Program (WFP), some 1.14 million food security is under threat and about 400,000 people are at risk of starvation.

For the first time, the reason is only climate change, say the authors of the crisis Time, Washington Post and the news agency AFP.

Mere Climate change as a cause of famine is exceptional.

Nowadays, food security is most often undermined by unrest or political decisions. This is the case, for example, with internal conflict-torn Ethiopian Tigray or, in addition to a pandemic, in the fight against the effects of aliens, In UN-sanctioned North Korea.

Madagascar has the worst drought since 1981 and increased hurricanes and sandstorms have been linked to a changing climate. The rainy season has brought less water than average for five years now.

First the famine caused by climate change will hardly be the last.

“What is being seen now in southern Madagascar is just the tip of the iceberg. We can expect the same in Angola and northern Mozambique, ”WFP Regional Director for Southern Africa Lola Castro tells the Washington Post.

According to Castro, similar events will first be seen as small concentrations and then more broadly. He tells the Washington Post that the problem should not be underestimated, nor should responsibility.

“These people were not involved in accelerating climate change,” Castro says, referring to residents of southern Madagascar.

Commented on Time magazine by the 350.org climate agency in Africa Landry Ninteretse also recalls that crises in Africa will be reflected elsewhere.

“This is going to affect not only Africa, but also Europe, Asia and America as people look for safer places to live,” Ninteretse told Timelle.

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