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The first famines of the coronavirus era could soon hit four chronically food-deprived conflict areas — Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo — the top humanitarian official of the United Nations has warned.

In a letter to members of the Security Council, the official, Mark Lowcock, said the risk of famines in these areas had been intensified by "natural disasters, economic shocks and public-health crises, all compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Together, he said, "these factors are endangering the lives of millions of women, men and children.”

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