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Monday, April 27, 1998 Published at 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK

World: Africa

Famine situation in southern Sudan worsens

United Nations aid agencies say there's been an alarming deterioration in the situation in southern Sudan, with some seven hundred thousand people now at risk of famine as a result of crop failure and civil war.

A BBC correspondent who's just visited the worst-affected area, Bahr el-Ghazal, says desperately hungry Sudanese are on the move, looking for wild plants to eat.

The Sudanese government, which has curbed aid operations in rebel-held areas, has now allowed a second UN plane to airlift food to the region.

But our correspondent says this concession from the government may have come too late to stave off a terrible catastrophe.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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