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Hail, worms and floods hurt drought-prone Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Army worms, hail and floods are adding to the woes of Ethiopians reeling from high world food prices and a drought that has affected some 4.6 million people, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Nearly 2,000 farmers in the southern regions of Welayeta and Gamo Gofa lost crops due to torrential rains, hailstorms and army worms, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its weekly report.

Heavy rains also badly affected nearly 24,000 people in Shashego early this month, it said.

OCHA added that malnutrition remained a major concern in northern Amhara, Oromyia and Somali regions.

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