Somali Prime Minister declares state of emergency following devastating drought
Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has declared a state of emergency in the country following the devastating drought, which has endangered the lives of nearly 2.5 million people.
In his Cabinet speech Tuesday, Roble, who disagrees with outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, called for a local and international response, adding that a number of lives have already been lost.
Most areas of Gedo in Jubaland are affected according to the United Nations, which also notes that drought could trigger famine in the Horn of Africa country. The UN has appealed for $ 4 million to deal with the situation in Somalia.
“Our country is in a state of humanitarian emergency. I call on all Somalis, businessmen, religious leaders, the diaspora and the international community to make concerted efforts to contribute significantly to alleviating the suffering of those affected by the drought, ”he said. declared.
Adam Abdelmoula, who is the United Nations Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, sounded the alarm by noting that the situation was getting out of hand quickly while calling for swift action.
“We must act now to prevent a slide into the type of crippling drought and even the famine conditions encountered in previous years,” the UN official said.
The UN’s OCHA said about 2.6 million people – nearly 22% of the population are affected by drought and nearly 113,000 people are displaced due to drought across the country.
A number of animals have died due to lack of water in the country while at least 10 people have died in Gedo. The President of Jubaland, Ahmed Islam Mohamed Madobe, recently appealed for international aid.
The Somali government and the UN said last week that the number of people in need of assistance and protection in Somalia is expected to increase by 30%, from 5.9 million to around 7.7 million in 2022. The country has not received rain the last three times.