Somalia Government announces Drought Emergency

Published: May 8, 2014
Somalia Government announces Drought Emergency
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The drought situation in Southern and Central parts of Somalia remains critical and despite the recent rains a large number of the country’s population is said to be at risk.

Somali Cabinet ministers on Thursday officially declared a national drought emergency.

The worst affected areas are the pastoral regions of Hiiran, Galgadud and Bakool, where livestock are dying, wheat and maize crops have failed, and the price of food in local markets is rising.

‘’The Government has been closely monitoring the situation in the country and therefore a situation of severe food shortage and water,’’ said the Deputy Prime Minister.

He called for the International Community and aid agencies to intervene the situation and provide necessary aid.

According to aid agencies, more than 51,000 children are reported to be facing malnutrition and are at the risk of death.

Last month, at least 11 People died due to acute water shortage in Hiran region.

Aid workers are also warning of a repeat of the 2011 famine, which caused the death of more than 260,000 people.

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