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Somalia starvation kills 110 people in two days

Somalia starvation kills 110 people in two days

"The drought response committee briefed the PM about the humanitarian crises in the country that is threatening the lives of the people and their livestock who are on the brink of dying from hunger and watery diarrhea disease", Khaire's office said.

Some 110 people have died in southern Somalia in the space of two days from starvation and diarrhoea as a result of a drought, the Prime Minister said.

According to the United Nations agency, more than 363,000 children are severely malnourished, of whom 70,000 urgently need vital help.

"It is a hard situation for the pastoralists and their livestock".

The announcement by Hassan Ali Khaire on Saturday followed the Somali government's warning last week that the drought amounts to a national disaster, Aljazeera reported.

The agency said that more than 6.2 million Somalis - half of the population - needed urgent humanitarian aid, including nearly three million who are going hungry.

Drought has led to the spread of acute diarrhea, cholera and measles, and almost 5.5 million people are at risk of contracting water-borne diseases.

The drastic decline in food crop production and dwindling livestock numbers have led to thousands pouring into the capital city of Mogadishu in search of food and refuge.

UNICEF reports 1.4 million children could die of severe acute malnutrition in four nations: Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.

Somalia's newly elected Somali-American leader, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appealed to the worldwide community and Somalis all over the world for help.

The cholera outbreak has killed at least 69 since Friday, a local government official said.

In 2011, an estimated 260,000 people starved to death in Somalia.

As well as the lack of food caused by the drought, there are many cases of dehydration. Previous droughts and a quarter-century of conflict, including ongoing attacks by extremist group al-Shabab, have left the country in a fragile position.



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