'Drought abyss'

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The Independent Online
GENEVA (Reuter) - Mozambique, where several million people already face death from starvation or dehydration, risks becoming another Somalia if donated food and water supplies are not distributed, a United Nations official said yesterday.

Charles Lamuniere, UN director of humanitarian affairs, also singled out Malawi as being at the 'edge of an abyss'. Donor nations have pledged dollars 556m (pounds 300m), but there are serious bottlenecks in distributing food and water. Mozambique and Malawi are among the worst hit of 10 southern African nations suffering from drought-induced famine, which threatens at least 18 million people.