Millions in Zimbabwe facing starvation after severe droughts, UN food agency says

A woman fetches water from a spring in Harare.

Harare (CNN)More than two million people in Zimbabwe are facing starvation after a severe drought that affected food harvests, the World Food Programme said in a report.

"We are talking about people who truly are marching towards starvation if we are not here to help them. We are facing a drought unlike any that we have seen in a long time," David Beasley said in the Zimbabwean capital Harare on Tuesday.
The UN in Zimbabwe and the government launched a humanitarian appeal for US$331 million to assist those affected in the southern African nation.
Nearly 5.5 million people--a third of Zimbabwe's population will need food assistance by 2020, UNICEF said in a report in June.
    Zimbabwe is battling the impact of droughts that occurred between October and May, and the effect of a powerful cyclone that ripped through the eastern parts of the country.
    The drought has also depleted water sources leaving more than two million unable to access clean water in the country. Zimbabwe is also facing a crippling economic crisis that has taken a toll on the welfare of its citizens.
    Residents in Harare queue for water.