Over 116, 000 Somalis have been displaced due to extreme shortage of water since last year October. This was disclosed on Sunday in a joint statement by the UN and Mogadishu.
According to the statement, “Most parts of the country are facing critical water shortages, with more than 50 districts facing moderate to severe drought conditions.”
It also said some people have died from dehydration in Bakol, Gedo and other regions of the country.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Khadija Mohamed Diriye has therefore pleaded with donors in the statement to “give generously and to give now to help respond rapidly to the drought which she said was “compounding the effects of the various crises in this country.”
She further said, “we are facing widespread food insecurity, malnutrition, population displacement and disease. We need funding now to save lives, alleviate suffering and get assistance before the situation becomes a complete catastrophe.”
According to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, up to 2.7 million people in the country are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.