Coronavirus pandemic will cause global famines of 'biblical proportions,' UN warns

Coronavirus pandemic will cause global famines of 'biblical proportions,' UN warns

Coronavirus pandemic will cause global famines of 'biblical proportions,' UN warns

Around 36 countries could be pushed into severe starvation under a worst-case scenario due to the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, with millions of people worldwide expected to fall into a "crisis level" of hunger and malnutrition, according to David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN's food relief agency.

WFP Executive Director David Beasley said that "2020 would be facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II".

The world population risks a starvation of "biblical proportions" due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

The global coronavirus crisis will push more than a quarter of a billion people into possible starvation if vital aid doesn't reach the most at-risk communities, the World Food Program said Tuesday.

"Millions of people's lives depend on the flow of trade, and the impact of disruption on people's food security is hugely concerning", he said.

Husain said there is the potential of people selling off their assets just to survive the pandemic and its associated economic effects.

Beasley said with COVID-19, the world not only faces a global health pandemic but also a global humanitarian catastrophe.

As the health emergency ruptures global supply chains, eviscerates workers' income, and devastates conflict zones, the number of people on the brink of starvation could double to 265 million by the end of 2020, the United Nations said.

The Fourth Annual Global Report on Food Crisis lists Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Nigeria and Haiti as the most threatened.

He stressed, "We do not have time on our side, so let's act wisely - and let's act fast".

That may particularly affect nations that are already battling food crises, according to a report from 16 organizations including U.N. agencies and the European Union.

The increase was due to conflicts, economic shocks and weather-related events such as drought.

The WFP chief said lockdowns and economic recession are expected to lead to major income losses for the working poor.

"We're likely to see the numbers of those who are suffering from malnutrition and food insecurity rise in the coming months". For some context, the number of people who could not reliably obtain enough food in 2019 exceeded the entire population of Mexico and came close to matching Russia's.

"We urgently need $350 million to mount the critical response needed to feed people affected by COVID in the developing world", Taravella said.

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