More than a million people in Southern Madagascar will need food aid this year as the effects of drought have been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for emergency aid of $35m to fight hunger in Southern Madagascar.

“Some 1.35 milliom people are projected to be food insecure , 35% percent of the region’s populatopm,” the WFP said in a statement.

Madagascar is fighting a pandemic and a third consecutive year of drought.

According to multiple reports families are surviving through eating tamarind fruit mixed with clay.