More people starve in Jubaland as drought hits Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least five people are believed to have died in Gedo, Jubaland, as a result of persistent famine precipitated by drought after rains stopped for the third time in Somalia, a country also struggling with a myriad of challenges.
According to Ali Kadiye Ahmed, the district commissioner, a number of deaths may not have been confirmed by the government but authorities can confirm five deaths from famine and thirst in the region, particularly in the region. by Luuq,
District commissioner Ali Kadiye Ahmed said hunger-related deaths have been reported in the vicinity of Luuq, where three people, including two children, have died. He was giving daily briefings on the situation.
He said the three died as they walked towards Luuq. He called the drought situation dire and called for an urgent distribution of relief food to prevent more deaths.
“Three people have died, families living between Garbaharey and Luuq are suffering from a severe drought which has severely affected their livelihoods. These families need immediate assistance, ”said Luuq District Commissioner Ali Kadiye.
According to the UN, around 2.3 million people are already suffering from severe shortages of water, food and pasture in Somalia, a rapidly worsening drought could lead to an “extreme situation” by April of l ‘next year.
Nationwide, the number of people in need of assistance and protection is expected to increase by 30%, from 5.9 million to around 7.7 million in 2022. More than 70% of all Somalis live below the threshold. poverty line.
Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] said he needed nearly $ 4 million to alleviate persistent hunger in the country. The UN, a major financial partner of the Horn of Africa nation, has yet to release the funds.