Anybody noticed Niger?
“Niger is now facing the worst hunger crisis in its history, the UN’s World Food Programme says, with almost half the population – or 7.3 million people – in desperate need of food.”
From the link:
After a prolonged drought, heavy rains have now hit parts of the country, killing at least six people.
The WFP says 17% of children, or one in five, are acutely malnourished.
The UN said more than 67,000 people lost their homes after severe rains in the past week.
The River Niger – the third largest in Africa – reached its highest level for 80 years, said the regional river authority, the ABN.
But the rains came too late to rescue this year’s crops, which have already failed.
“This year was a double whammy,” Christy Collins of the aid agency Mercy Corps told the Associated Press news agency.
Update: Via Wikipedia
– July 2009 estimate 15,306,252
– 2001 census 10,790,352
– Density 12.1/km2 (31.2/sq mi)