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US News Somalia: In the face of drought, the humanitarian situation deteriorates dangerously

10:20  21 november  2021
10:20  21 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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La Somalie fait face à une sécheresse qui perdure (image d'illustration). © PHOTO / ELIAS MESERET Somalia faces a drought that continues (image of illustration).

In Somalia, worry rises because the drought continues across the country. Saturday, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble announced the training of a committee, composed of seven government members, responsible for mitigating the consequences of the climate phenomenon on the population and livestock. Earlier in the week, press releases had already multiplied to draw the alarm on a critical humanitarian situation.

With our correspondent in Nairobi, Albane Thirouard

Somalis were already affected by decades of conflict, recurrent invasions of pilgrims or the pandemic of Covid-19 ... now drought and water shortages aggravate even more situation in the country.

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The United Nations Humanitarian Agency as well as that in charge of food and agriculture both have alerts on the threat of rapid worsening of drought. While nearly 2.3 million people already suffer water shortages according to OCHA .

"In November we expected to see the beginning of the rainy season, but it still has not started. Which means that Somalis will miss a fourth season of consecutive rains. The situation is critical, Ian Ridley alert, the head of the United Nations Humanitarian Office. In total, it is estimated that nearly 100,000 people have already fled their homes to find water, whether for their own consumption or for their livestock.

Animals die and harvests severely dimly. A situation that worsens as confirms Etienne Peterschmitt, representative of FAO in Somalia.

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of the more and more recurring droughts

"based on weather predictions, the next seasons of the rains are not good. It is likely to still have meager harvests next year and continue to see cattle die. All generating loss of lifestyles but also a rise in prices, he regrets. We have already seen corn and sorghum increase from 30 to 60% in some areas. The projections are therefore pessimistic. We want to pull the alarm bell before it's too late.

The situation worries especially as these droughts are more and more recurring in Somalia. The UN humanitarian agency considers that, if future rainfall is not sufficient, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance could increase from $ 5.9 million to 7.7 million. 2022, while 71% of Somalis already live below the poverty line. OCHA and FAO have launched a call to donations.

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