Food insecurity reaching critical levels in South Sudan

The United Nations is warning that the food security situation in South Sudan is reaching critical levels.

The UN measures food security and hunger rates in a five phase scale: last week the UN said a third of the population was experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity, they are now reporting more people are in the fourth phase, but not yet at famine.

N1rhh_np_normal

Food insecurity explained in infographic form. What it means for 7 million people to be at risk in #SouthSudan http://t.co/AaU49L4hm2

Bnxafdviqaalxqz

The next classification will be out in three months time - but if the situation continues in this way then certain areas could deteriorate into famine, which is why the donors are meeting today in Oslo - the situation is urgent and the UN is warning donor countries they must act.

Advertisement

Fresh warnings of 'catastrophic' famine in South Sudan

Save the Children have launched an appeal for donations for the African nation of South Sudan, which is on the brink of a "catastrophic" famine.