Preventing disaster

Early warning website aims to cushion global catastrophes

Sarah McGregor
Published: Wednesday, 01/19/2005 12:00 am EST

A prolonged drought means most Malawi households have been unable to harvest enough crops for a square meal. As a result, some 1.34 million people in that country began experiencing the so-called "hungry season" ­ traditionally December through February ­ much earlier than normal. Last fall, the country's government issued a special appeal for international assistance. The nearby Southern African governments of Lesotho and Swaziland delivered similar appeals months earlier, warning of an emergency food crisis that will touch over one million of their citizens.

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