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UN Says 33 Countries in Need of Food Aid

posted on December 19, 2008

ROME (AP) — The United Nations says 33 countries are in need of food aid as a result of war, floods, crop failures or high domestic food prices.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says the majority of those countries — 20 — are in Africa, 10 in Asia and three in Latin America.

The Rome-based agency said in a report released Thursday that an estimated 5.1 million people in Zimbabwe may need assistance as the country grapples with worsening economic conditions and an outbreak of cholera. In North Korea an estimated 8.7 million people, or around 40 percent of the population, urgently need food assistance.

The agency has put the overall number of needy at almost 1 billion.

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