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2.6 mln affected by severe drought in Somalia: UN

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  • 24th November, 2021 05:49:05 PM
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2.6 mln affected by severe drought in Somalia: UN

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About 2.6 million people, or nearly 22 percent of the population, in 66 out of 74 districts across Somalia are affected by worsening drought, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said nearly 113,000 people are displaced by drought across Somalia.

"The lack of access to safe and potable water coupled with poor hygiene and sanitation facilities have heightened the overall risk of water-borne diseases, with an increase in suspected cases of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera and measles," UNOCHA said in its latest update on the drought situation.

Somalia is experiencing a worsening drought following three consecutive failed rainy seasons, and is at risk of a fourth one in a row in 2021, according to the UN.

The Somali government on Tuesday declared a state of emergency over the severe drought situation in the country.

Prime Minister Mohamed Roble, who made the announcement after chairing a cabinet meeting in Mogadishu, appealed for urgent humanitarian assistance for people affected by the severe drought in some parts of the country.