Severe drought threatens more than 5 million people in Somalia

Earlier this week, the Somalian government declared a national disaster in wake of a severe drought that has taken over the country. Today, the Somalian Prime Minister announced that 110 people have died from hunger in the country’s southwest Bay region. The UN estimates that 5 million people are in need of aid.

The drought in Somalia

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Somalian Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire announced today (Saturday) that 110 people from the country’s southwest Bay region have died from hunger within the past 48 hours as a result of a severe drought that is threatening millions.

Last Tuesday, the Somalian government declared the drought a national disaster and this is the first time that deaths related to the drought have been reported. The UN estimates that 5 million people in the African country are in need of aid.

Severe drought and hunger in Somalia Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

According to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the situation is especially severe in northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia and he called for $4.4 billion in aid be donated to the countries in order to fight hunger. Yet besides the drought, violent conflicts are occurring within all four of the countries.

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