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1.4 Million Zimbabweans Receiving WFP Food Aid

The World Food Program (WFP) says it is currently providing food assistance to more than 1.4 million Zimbabweans as hunger worsens in provinces affected by a two-year drought and heavy rains this year.

WFP deputy country director Abdurrahim Siddiqui told VOA Studio 7 food insecurity in Zimbabwe for the 2012/2013 consumption year is comparatively worse than the last three years.

He said WFP will continue providing help to the needy under the current seasonal targeted assistance program until the end of this month.
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According to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee, 1.6 million Zimbabweans were expected to be in need of food assistance during the peak hunger period between September last year and the end of this month.

Villagers in some parts of the country say current harsh weather conditions such as drought and heavy rains have devastated their crops. They say they need urgent food aid.