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Somali PM says 110 people dead in 48hrs as drought hits harder

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Somali PM says 110 people dead in 48hrs as drought hits harder

Drought hit Somalia is counting its loses with death toll arising from hunger hitting 110 in 48-hours according to Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire.

While addressing a meeting with the Somali National Drought Committee, the Prime Minister declared the drought a national disaster as the death toll he announced is from the Bay region in the southwest part of the country alone.

Thousands have been streaming into Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in search of food aid, overwhelming local and international aid agencies. Over 7,000 internally displaced people checked into one feeding center recently.

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The United Nations estimates that 5 million people in this Horn of Africa nation need aid, amid warnings of a full-blown famine.

Somalia was one of four regions singled out by the U.N. secretary-general last month in a $4.4 billion aid appeal to avert catastrophic hunger and famine, along with northeast Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen. All are connected by a thread of violent conflict, the U.N. chief said.

 

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