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More than 100 Somalis starve to death in two days

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Displaced Somali girls who fled the drought in southern Somalia
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Somalia has reported more than 100 starvation deaths over two days in one region alone as a severe drought threatens millions of people across the country.
Prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire said on Saturday that 110 people died from the Bay region in the southwest part of the country.
It was the first death toll announced by Somalia’s government since it declared the drought a national disaster on Tuesday. The United Nations estimates that 5 million people in the Horn of Africa nation need aid, amid warnings of a full-blown famine.
Thousands of people have been streaming into Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in search of food aid, overwhelming local and international aid agencies. More than 7,000 internally displaced people checked into one feeding centre recently.
Somalia was one of four regions singled out by the UN secretary general last month in a US$4.4 billion (Dh16bn) aid appeal to avert catastrophic hunger and famine, along with north-east Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen. All are connected by a thread of violent conflict, the UN chief said.
The UN humanitarian coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, is expected to visit Somalia in the next few days.
The drought is the first crisis for Somalia’s newly elected Somali-American leader, president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Previous droughts and a quarter-century of conflict, including ongoing attacks by the extremist group Al Shabab, have left the country fragile. Mr Mohamed has appealed to the international community and Somalia’s diaspora of 2 million people for help.
About 363,000 acutely malnourished children in Somalia "need urgent treatment and nutrition support, including 71,000 who are severely malnourished", the US Agency for International Development has warned.
Because of a lack of clean water in many areas, there is the additional threat of cholera and other diseases, UN experts say. Some deaths from cholera already have been reported.
The government has said the widespread hunger "makes people vulnerable to exploitation, human rights abuses and to criminal and terrorist networks".
The UN humanitarian appeal for 2017 for Somalia is $864 million to provide assistance to 3.9 million people. But the UN World Food Programme recently requested an additional $26 million plan to respond to the drought.

Source: The National

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