The World Organization estimates that more than 820 million people are already hungry worldwide. The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic threatens to further exacerbate the situation, Free News reports.

The World Food Program (WFP) predicts widespread famine due to the pandemic of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. “We are seriously sounding the alarm. We are afraid that a really big crisis is waiting for us,” Bettina Luescher, a representative of the Berlin branch of the WFP, said in an interview with the EPD News Agency, published on Friday, April 3.

According to her, the WFP is already providing urgent humanitarian assistance to 87 million people in more than 80 countries, while the work of the humanitarian organization is increasingly complicated by wars, climate change, droughts, and floods; now the coronavirus pandemic is added to this.

“The coronavirus, which has spread to almost all African countries, has created a truly difficult situation in many regions, especially where the economy is weak and the health system is weak. We are facing an unprecedented situation that we, as the world’s largest humanitarian organization, have never been in before. This is uncharted territory,” Luescher said.

According to UN estimates, more than 820 million people are currently hungry around the world. In East Africa alone, 15 million people are malnourished in countries such as South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya. “The coronavirus pandemic gives reason to fear that hunger will become a reality for many millions of other people. The need for urgent food aid will only increase,” stated the representative of the Berlin branch of the WFP.