Philippines’ drought is worse than the worst in 50 years, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said.
It said it had been droughts of more than two months in the past five years, but this time it was the worst on record.
WMO chief Michel Jarraud said on Thursday that the country’s drought is more severe than it has been since 1945, when it was at least five months long.
“This drought has been at least 50 per cent more severe since 1945,” he told a news conference.
“The number of people affected by the drought is now more than 10 million people, and in the countryside, there are more than 300,000 cases of waterborne diseases.”
We are not able to control these diseases in this situation.” “
We are in a state of emergency.
We are not able to control these diseases in this situation.”
The drought has prompted concerns about the countrys food security.
WMO head Jarraud also said that many of the provinces of the Philippines are already suffering from a food crisis due to the drought.
“In the first two months of this year, we have recorded a decline in the number of farms,” he said.
“That’s a huge challenge.
There are people working very hard, but we need to ensure that there are enough jobs to support them.”
The Philippines has been facing a food security crisis since the government started an import ban on rice in 2014.
The countrys president, Rodrigo Duterte, has said that the ban has resulted in millions of tonnes of rice going missing from supermarkets.