Nearly a fifth of Somalis at risk from ‘disastrous’ drought
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A drought in Somalia described by the UN food agency (FAO) as ‘disastrous’ could hit around 2.2 million people in the country: almost a fifth of the population.
On Wednesday the FAO put out a special alert, warning that the number of hungry people in Somalia is likely to be 40 per cent higher than it was at the beginning of the year, and that there has been a sharp increase of acutely malnourished children being admitted to feeding centres.
People in the country are more vulnerable this year because, on top of the drought itself, they are dealing with increasing conflict, and a reduction in humanitarian aid.
In an effort to stave off the crisis, the FAO is calling for urgent funds for critical livelihood support such as cash assistance, seeds and farming tools.