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

Livestock drink from a drying river outside Utrecht, a small town in the northwest of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

“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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