The United Nations is stocking up over a possible global famine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"WFP analysis shows that more than a quarter of a billion people could face severe hunger in 2020 due to the fallout from COVID19," the UN wrote on Twitter on May 12, 2020.

"We are pre-positioning 3-month stocks of food or cash assistance in or near the most fragile countries," it said.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley has said the world may face multiple famines of "biblical proportions" within a short few months as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads.