Extreme water shortages since October 2020 have had over 116,000 Somalis displaced according to the United Nations.
Somalia has been facing a second consecutive season of below-average rainfall from April to June. The situation has been concerning since more than 50 districts have been facing moderate to severe drought conditions. What worries locals the most is whether the situation will be worsening.
Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Minister Khadija Mohamed Diriye asked donors to “give generously and to give now” in order to respond rapidly to the drought.
The drought situation results in widespread food insecurity, malnutrition, population displacement, and disease. Funding will save lives, alleviate suffering and provide assistance. The sooner help is provided the easier will be to avoid a catastrophe in the near future.
The regions of Bakol and Gedo, among others, have been struggling. People including children, dying from dehydration.
Sufficient and early funding will scale up the country’s emergency response capabilities.
Up to 2.7 million people across the country are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
with information from: https://www.africanews.com/2021/04/12/over-116-000-displaced-in-somalia-due-to-extreme-water-shortage/