Aid agencies have subsequently launched a Call for Aid seeking US$ 105 million to scale-up critical, life-saving assistance and build resilience for more than one million people in the drought-affected northern regions of the country.
The severe drought, exacerbated by El Niño conditions, is ravaging parts of Puntland and Somaliland, leaving an estimated 1,7 million people, or nearly 40 per cent of the 4.6 million people living in these areas, are in need of humanitarian assistance and livelihood support. Of these, 1,3 million people are at risk of slipping into acute food insecurity if they
do not receive assistance.
Nearly 385 000 people already face acute food insecurity.
“We have reached a critical point in Puntland and Somaliland. Urgent action is required right now. If not, we risk a rapid and deep deterioration of the situation, as drought conditions may worsen in the coming months,” said Peter de Clercq, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator for Somalia.
The severe drought conditions have taken a toll on lives and livelihoods in this country of more than 10 million people.
If funding is not secured now, the consequences will be grave, especially in light of a less than favourable forecast for the coming rainy season.
Malnutrition-related deaths have been reported in Awdal region. Loss of livestock due to poor pasture and water availability is negatively impacting family income and causing a sharp rise in indebtedness.
“Without access to emergency health services, water and sanitation, thousands of people could face death due to preventable causes,” said Clercq.
– CAJ News