February 17, 2016 / 10:21 AM / 2 years ago

South Africa drought pushes 50,000 into poverty: World Bank

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa’s worst drought in over a century has pushed around 50,000 below the poverty line, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

“Around 50,000 people, we estimate, have been pushed below the national poverty line of 501 rand ($31.68) a month because of the drought,” Catriona Purfield, program leader for South Africa told a parliamentary committee.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Joe Brock

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