A global hunger crisis has left more than 700 million people not knowing when or if they will eat again, and demand for food is rising relentlessly while humanitarian funding is drying up, the head of the United Nations food agency said Thursday. The WFP chief, the widow of the late U.S. senator John McCain, said the agency estimates that nearly 47 million people in over 50 countries are just one step from famine — and a staggering 45 million children under the age of five are now estimated to suffer from acute malnutrition. According to WFP estimates from 79 countries where the Rome-based agency operates, up to 783 million people — one in 10 of the world’s population — still go to bed hungry every night. More than 345 million people are facing high levels of food insecurity this year, an increase of almost 200 million people from early 2021 before the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said.
More than 5,000 people are presumed dead and 10,000 missing after heavy rains in northeastern Libya caused two dams to collapse, surging more water into already inundated areas. Of those who were killed, at least 145 were Egyptian, officials in the northeastern city of Tobruk, in Libya, said on Tuesday. In the eastern city of Derna, which has seen the worst of the devastation, as many as 6,000 people remain missing. Whole neighborhoods are believed to have been washed away in the city. Hospitals in Derna are no longer operable, and the morgues are full. Dead bodies have been left outside the morgues on the sidewalks. There are no first-hand emergency services. People are working at the moment to collect the rotting bodies. The collapse of two dams, which sent water rushing towards Derna, has caused catastrophic damage. Three bridges were destroyed. The flowing water carried away entire neighborhoods, eventually depositing them into the sea. Homes in valleys were washed away by strong muddy currents carrying vehicles and debris. Phone lines in the city are down, complicating rescue efforts, with workers unable to enter Derna due to the heavy destruction.
Disaster Relief: Providing shelter, food, and water. More than 1,000 people have been killed after the deadliest earthquake in decades struck central Morocco, with rescuers digging through rubble in remote mountainous areas to find victims. The 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook Morocco’s High Atlas Mountain range shortly after 11 p.m. local time on Friday (6 p.m. ET) at the relatively shallow depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.4 miles), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The epicenter was located about 72 kilometers (44.7 miles) southwest of Marrakech, a city of some 840,000 people and a popular tourist destination. At least 1,037 people were killed with more than 700 others in a critical condition, Morocco’s state TV Al Aoula said, citing the interior ministry. Eyewitnesses described scenes of destruction in the Atlas Mountains foothills following the earthquake. Fatima, 50, said her house in the mountain village of Asni – near the earthquake’s epicenter – had been destroyed. “I barely got the chance to grab the kids and run out before I saw my house collapsing in front of my eyes. The neighbor’s house has also collapsed and there are two dead people under the rubble,” she said. Mohammed, 50, from the nearby town of Ouirgane, lost four family members in the quake. “I managed to get out safely with my two children but lost the rest. My house is gone,” he said.
Disaster Relief: Providing shelter, food, and water. At least 400 people have died after floods and landslides hit the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu province last week. Heavy rainfall through last week caused rivers to overflow and created mudslides that devastated the villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi in South Kivu’s Kalehe territory. We have 401 deaths in Bushushu and Nyamukubi villages in Kalehe territory. Videos from the area show buildings swept away in the water and mud, with debris strewn across the villages.
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