Eight die of Hunger and Thirst in Southern Somalia

Published: October 22, 2014
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Hunger and thirst has killed eight people in Somalia’s Southern region of Middle Jubba, as the drought situation in the war-ravaged nation worsens.

According to the UN aid agencies, over one million Somalis are in danger to face food crisis due to Poor rains, conflict, trade disruptions and reduced humanitarian assistance across the country.

‘’ They had gone to search for water in areas reported to have received rainfall, but they were misinformed and died while on the way.’’

‘’All surface water has gone, boreholes are running dry, and people are walking up to 70km (45 miles) in search of water,’’ said a local elder.

Water shortages are a chronic problem in Somalia, mostly affecting the rural population. The water shortage has forced many residents to walk for many kiolmetres in search of clean water to drink.

The region has one of the country’s two rivers, that plays a key role in providing water and income for the local communities. But its water resources are under growing pressure from both human and climate impacts.

In 2011, most of the regions in Central and Southern Somalia were hit by one of the worst famines in the country’s history, causing the death of over 250,000 people.

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