Three years of drought have destroyed food and seed stock in the region. The UN warns a third of a million people are at severe risk.

Aid agencies warn that Madagascar needs urgent assistance to cope with its severe hunger crisis.
Aid agencies warn that Madagascar needs urgent assistance to cope with its severe hunger crisis.

Three years of drought in southern Madagascar have created a severe food shortage and blighted the region.

The United Nations says 330,000 people are on the brink of famine, with almost a million going hungry.

"We don't have anything to eat but leaves and red cactus fruit. There is nothing else to eat," a local resident recently told TRT World.

The government has declared a state of emergency as it does not have sufficient funds to deal with the crisis.

TRT World's Fidelis Mbah has this report from Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo.

Source: TRT World