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Severe drought displaces over 1 mln Somalis: UN

Tuesday August 9, 2022

A Turkish aid agency distributes food to more than 400 families in Abudwak in the central region of Galgadud, Somalia on December 18, 2021. The families who received the assistance live in an internally displaced camp in Abudwak [Mohammed Adam Mo'alim - Anadolu Agency]

MOGADISHU (Xinhua) -- The number of drought-related displacements has surpassed one million to hit 1,002,796 people in Somalia since January 2021, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Tuesday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said some 83,518 people were displaced in July by drought, a 26 percent decrease compared to the previous month.

The UN agency on June 24 appealed for 993.3 million U.S. dollars to provide live-saving and life-sustaining assistance to prevent famine and respond to the drought in Somalia by December.

The OCHA said the impact of the drought and increasing economic pressures are deepening the severity of needs and driving the country to the brink of famine.


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