Next year will be the ‘worst humanitarian crisis year’ since the United Nations was formed, top UN officials warned. David Beasley, chief of the World Food Programme, said famine is ‘knocking at the door’ of a dozen countries. He said next year would be ‘catastrophic’ because of the pandemic’s effect on developing countries. He told the 193-member UN General Assembly on Friday: ‘We’re not going to be able to fund everything… so we have to prioritise, as I say, the icebergs in front of the Titanic.’ Coronavirus measures and restrictions around the world have led to a 40% increase in the number of people needing humanitarian help, the UN said earlier this week. It has asked for $35 billion (about £31 billion) in aid funding.