Some 110 people died in southern Somalia and sold the consequences of the drought, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said.
“About 110 people have died in the last 48 hours because of drought and severe water-related diarrhea in southern Somalia, especially in Bay and Bakool areas,” said Hassan Ali Khaire in A statement dated Saturday.
“The Somalis, wherever they can, must save their brothers in need, who will starve if not on help. The government’s priority task will be to help people who have been affected by the drought, he added.
Local authorities in the village of Awdiinle in Bay area reported fewer than 69 people, mostly children and elderly people, died of water-related diarrhea.
“There are no medicines and the disease has now become an epidemic,” AFP told a local official in the village, 30 km from the regional capital Baidoa.
“It is because of the drought that caused a general shortage of water. We need the help of humanitarian agencies, “he added.
More than 20 million people at risk.
Somalia has declared a “national disaster” at the end of February the severe drought that ravages the country and threatens about three million people, according to NGOs.
Somalia, along with Yemen and Nigeria, is one of the three countries on the verge of starvation, already officially declared in South Sudan, where it is affecting 100,000 people.
More than 20 million people are at risk of starvation in these four countries.
Propagation of acute diarrhea.
The last famine in Somalia in 2011, the result of a severe drought in the Horn of Africa aggravated by the conflict with the Islamist Shebab insurgency, killed 260,000 people.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in Somalia more than 6.2 million people – half of the population – need emergency humanitarian aid, Hunger.
According to the UN agency, more than 363,000 children are severely malnourished, of whom 70,000 urgently need vital help.
Drought has led to the spread of acute diarrhea, cholera and measles, and nearly 5.5 million people are at risk of contracting diseases from water.
SOURCE: JEUNE AFRIQUE