Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in rural parts of the country hit by a drought.

According to the BBC, an estimated 2.4 million people are now in need of food aid, more than a quarter of the population.

The announcement comes days after the EU urged Mr Mugabe to declare a state of disaster so donors can raise money quickly to provide food aid.

The government has urged Zimbabweans not to panic, as it is importing maize from neighbouring Zambia.

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