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08 Mar 2007 description

JOHANNESBURG, 8 March 2007 (IRIN) - After months of erratic weather, relief agencies are again predicting widespread food shortages throughout southern Africa, where cyclones, extreme drought and flooding have devastated the harvests of millions of people.

"All indications are that southern Africa could be heading for yet another year of critical food shortages," said Amir Abdulla, Regional Director for Southern Africa of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in a statement released today.

Torrential rains have drowned ripening harvests in Angola, Madagascar, …