1 year ago
On a date
5 Jun 16’
EL NIÑO IMPACTS ON FOOD SECURITY TO LAST THROUGH 2016
Whilst the El Niño phenomenon is now in a neutral phase, the food insecurity caused by drought is not likely to peak before December. East and Southern Africa are the most affected regions, and humanitarian impacts will last well into 2017. In Central America, insufficient and erratic rainfall since the appearance of El Niño conditions in March 2015 has resulted in the loss of staple grain crops and the death of thousands of cattle in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. This is the second consecutive year that the population in these areas is facing drought. Asia is also feeling the impacts, particularly in Vietnam where the ongoing El Niño-induced drought and saline intrusion emergency has adversely impacted the lives of people in 52 out of 64 provinces. The likelihood of a La Niña developing in the final quarter of 2016 has increased to 75 per cent. Areas now experiencing drought could face flooding, and areas that have seen excessive rainfall with El Niño could experience drought. On average, a La Niña event may have even greater overall humanitarian impact, as the El Niño has eroded coping capacities.
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