19 February 1998
El Niño causes food havoc in 37 countries

THE United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation said a near-record number of countries face food supply emergencies this year mainly because of the El Niño weather phenomenon.

Some 37 countries face emergencies up from 31 towards the end of last year. Food supply problems stretch through Africa, Asia, Latin America and parts of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Iraq and North Korea.