The World Food Programme says with each day that passes, more lives are at stake as hunger tightens its grip in southern Madagascar. Around 1.14-million people are facing high levels of acute food insecurity, of which nearly 14-thousand people are in ‘Catastrophe’, which is phase five – the highest in the five-step scale of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification. The programme’s Amer Daoudi says drought, diseases, and the impact of Covid-19 are some of the challenges.