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Christian Aid helps millions suffering drought in Honduras

by Aaron James

The charity has said 1.2 million people are in urgent need of food aid, with another 2.5 million affected by the lack of rain.

No one appears to have died from the arid conditions as of yet.

The drought has plagued Honduras for more than a year, with at least a 50 per cent decrease in rainfall since June 2014. Climate change could be the reason behind the decrease.

The lack of rainfall has caused a severe shortage in crops, which has in turn significantly increased the price of food.

El Nino, a natural weather pattern caused by temperature rises in the Pacific Ocean, which can cause particularly dry weather in South America, is predicted to be the strongest on record.

This will make Honduras' dry season - from October to February - more extreme.

A crop-killing disease has also been affecting Honduras' produce since 2012, making food shortages even worse.

Sandra Mendoza, Christian Aid programme officer in Honduras, said: "Honduras is still reeling from the drought last year and people just did not have a chance to build up their food stocks in order to cope with this prolonged period of drought.

"Families are in desperate need of food.

"We are working with our local partner organisations... to deliver the packages, which include rice, sugar, beans, maize and salt, enough to last a household at least three weeks.

"In the long-term we have on-going programs focusing on building resilience in the communities, offering training on Early Warning Systems, diversifying crops and different techniques to collect water, and promoting the use of drought-resistant seeds".

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