UN calls for urgent aid to support 2.2 million in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The United Nations has called for urgent and sustained support as Somalia faces the impact of severe drought.
The urgent call comes after recent rainfall brought limited relief to some areas of Somalia to localize and erratic to reverse the impact of the drought.
This comes when aid agencies launched a Drought Response Plan (DRP) in Somalia.
UN’s FAO-FSNAU estimates a 40-50 percent decline in crop production, compared to the long-term average, and a sharp reduction in livestock reproduction rates, especially in northern and central regions.
In addition, the UN says delayed heavy rains and related flash flooding resulted in the destruction and damages of crops, infrastructure, housing, and livestock.
The report released by UN said the number of people in Crisis and Emergency levels of food insecurity projected to reach 2.2 million by July, an increase of 29 percent on projections taken in February.
The lack of clean water is further heightening the risk of water-borne disease outbreaks, while drought-induced displacement is on the rise, with over 60,000 people displaced since the beginning of the year.
The overall response is critically underfunded, forcing aid agencies to limit or reduce relief efforts.