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somalia: President Declares National Disaster

MOGADISHU, Somalia President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) has declared a National Disaster to deal with the humanitarian emergency in all areas affected by the current drought.

“The president has appealed to the International Community to urgently respond to the calamity in order to help families and individuals to recover from the effects of the drought disaster to avoid humanitarian tragedy.”
The president is also kindly calling on the Somali business community and Diaspora to participate in the recovery operations efforts in the affected area with the aim to mitigate the impact of drought nationwide.
The president stands ready to receive a continuous briefing on the assessment and response to the emergency.

This announcement comes after Somalis new president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has met international community envoys in Somali capital Mogadishu.

On Monday, the World Health Organization warned that Somalia was at risk of its third famine in 25 years. Six years ago, around 260,000 people died.

The agency said more than 6.2 million people — half of the population — needed urgent humanitarian aid.

The drought hit regions are Mudug, Galgadud, Gedo and most Puntland and Somaliland regions.

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