Mogadishu, March 5: more than 110 people have died due to hunger and diarrhoea over the past two days, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Khaire announced on Saturday. thousands of people have begun arriving in the capital city in search of food aid; one feeding centre took in more than 7,000 internally displaced people.Prime Minister Hassan Khaire told the nation’s drought committee that since the President declared the humanitarian crisis a national disaster on Tuesday, over 100 people have died from hunger in the last 48 hours. The death toll comes as the UN migration agency appealed for an additional $24.6 million dollars for the drought in Somalia.
The sombre announcement underscores the severity of the humanitarian crisis as Somalia struggles to slip into a full-blown famine. The UN estimates that 6.2 million Somali’s, or roughly half of the total population are in need of relief aid. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network estimates that there are 363,000 acutely malnourished children who “need urgent treatment and nutrition support” and 71,000 children who are severely malnourished.
The Somalian government had already declared the drought as a national disaster on Tuesday. The drought has led to a spread of acute diarrhoea, cholera and measles. Nearly 5.5 million people are at risk of contracting waterborne diseases. UN experts have sounded a warning on deaths related to cholera and other diseases that arise from a lack of clean water.