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Somalia’s worst drought in 40 years displaces 1 million people


Friday August 12, 2022
By Mohammed Omar Ahmed


A resident walks in front of a sandstorm in Dollow, southwest Somalia, on March 14. Photographer: Sally Hayden/SOPA/LightRocket/Getty Images

Somalia’s worst drought in more than 40 years has internally displaced 1 million people since the dry conditions struck in January 2021, according to the United Nations.

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This year alone, an estimated 755,000 people fled their homes in search of water, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a statement on its website. The number of Somalians that will face crisis-level hunger is expected to rise to 7 million from 5 million in the coming months, on the back of the effects of climate change and rising food prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, UNHCR said.

Expectations of a failed fifth rainy season will worsen the current plight and increase the risk of famine in the Horn of Africa nation, the UN agency said.



 





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