UN projects 2.8 million to face acute food insecurity, hunger in Somalia

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A newly arrived woman fleeing from the drought affected areas in the Lower Shabelle Region cooks for her family at al-Adala Internally displaced people (IDP) Camp just outside of the Somali capital Mogadishu on May 15, 2019. - Drought has left nearly two million Somalis in desperate need of food, Norwegian Refugee Council agency warned on May 6, 2019, as poor rainfall pushes communities to the brink across East Africa. Victor Moses, the council's country director in Somalia, said in a statement, that hundreds of thousands of children were already suffering malnutrition in Somalia and millions had abandoned their homes in search of food in the arid, conflict-torn nation. The failure of the so-called long rains that usually sweep East Africa between March and May has caused widespread crop failures and heaped immense pressure on livestock-dependent communities in the greater region. Somalia is enduring its third-driest long rains season since 1981. (Photo by Abdirazak Hussein FARAH / AFP) (Photo credit should read ABDIRAZAK HUSSEIN FARAH/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 2.8 million people are projected to face high levels of acute food insecurity and hunger in Somalia, the United Nations humanitarian agency warned on Thursday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said more than 80 percent of Somalia was facing moderate to severe drought conditions.

FILE PHOTO: A woman fleeing from drought affected areas in the Lower Shabelle Region cooks for her family at al-Adala Internally displaced people (IDP) Camp just outside of the Somali capital Mogadishu. (Photo credit ABDIRAZAK HUSSEIN FARAH/AFP/Getty Images)

OCHA said dry conditions will contribute to the likelihood of crop losses and deterioration in pasture and water availability in some areas.

The UN said the ‘Gu’ rains, which are usually received between April and June, have ended in May with no more rains expected until the next rainy season (October-December).

According to the Somalia Humanitarian Needs Overview 2021, one million children are acutely or severely malnourished.

The UN humanitarian agency said concerns remain of another surge of desert locusts, particularly in the northern parts of the country due to favorable conditions following the Gu’ rains.

The report says the humanitarian partners have scaled up assistance to flood-affected people, reaching at least 82,000 people with life-saving assistance including food, water and sanitation.

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