Topic

Africa

Tags

Somalia

Author
Cinnamon Carter

More than 100 Die from Hunger in One Region

More than 100 Die from Hunger in One Region

Somalia's Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Haire, says 110 people have died from hunger in a single region in the past 48 hours amid a severe drought.


The figure for the south-western Bay region is the first official death toll announced during the crisis. The full impact of the drought on the country is still unknown. Humanitarian groups fear a full-blown famine will follow. Currently, almost three million people in Somalia face food insecurity. Local news outlet Alldhacdo reported dozens of deaths due to cholera in the town of Awdinle, also in the Bay region. The disease is often spread due to lack of clean drinking water.


Somalia's President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, declared the drought a national disaster on Tuesday. The drought in Somalia has been partly caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon which has affected east and southern Africa. As well as the lack of food caused by the drought, there are many cases of dehydration. Domestic animals are also dying in large numbers, and carcasses litter the landscape.


Nearly 260,000 people died during the famine that hit Somalia from 2010 to 2012. Some 220,000 people died during another famine in 1992.


The nation is one of four identified by the United Nations as currently at risk of extreme hunger and famine - along with Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.

Source: BBC Africa

Author
Cinnamon Carter



Things That May Interest You

Similar Stories
Africa

Agreement to End One of Africa's Longest Enduring Conflicts

A bloody conflict over a shared border between Ethiopia and Eritrea with a war that claimed 80,000 lives from 1998 to 2000...

Africa

Unrest Continues in Africa's Second Largest Country

An attempt was made to kill Ethiopia’s reformist new prime minister at a massive rally in support of sweeping changes he...

Africa

Headlines from Africa

Long lines form at petrol stations in Nigeria's capital Zimbabwe's internet disrupted after "cable cuts" Listeria kills dozens in South...

Africa

Africa Day - Priority Africa

The United Nations General Assembly designates a number of "International Days" to mark important aspects of human life and history. ...

Africa

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

"On this Remembrance Day, let us renew our efforts to rid the world of these and all other weapons of mass destruction. Only by working...

Africa

Sierra Leone Football is Set for a Fresh Start

Sierra Leone football looks set for a new start after years of problems and infighting within its governing body. An extraordinary...

Africa

Gambia to Set up Truth Commission to Probe Jammeh's Rule

The Gambia will set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate abuses committed during ex-President Yahya Jammeh's rule,...

Africa

Militia Fighters Decapitate 40 Police Officers in DR Congo

Militia fighters in DR Congo have decapitated about 40 police officers in an ambush in the central province of Kasai, local officials...

Africa

Don't Forget Us: Chibok Schoolgirl as 3rd year of Captivity Approaches

A Chibok schoolgirl who escaped from Boko Haram militants in Nigeria has called on the international community not to forget those still...

Africa

Somalia ship Hijack: Pirates Release Vessel without Ransom

Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker have released it without condition, according to officials. The announcement came hours after...

Things That May Interest You