Five people die of hunger and thirst in El Waaq town, Gedo as drought continues to ravage the Horn of Africa Nation
Five people have died of hunger and thirst in El Waaq town in Gedo region on Wednesday according to local officials.
El Waaq Mayor Ibrahim Guled Adan who spoke to the media, said the situation is getting out of hand by the day and called for immediate assistance and intervention from relevant stakeholders and humanitarian aid agencies to preempt the further loss of human lives.
Three people had on Monday died of hunger in Dinsoor town in South West State in accordance with local officials reports.
The South West and Jubbaland States are areas hardly hit by the ravaging drought which is continuing to take a heavy toll on vulnerable Somali population as the Horn of Africa Nation grapples with holding parliamentary and Presidential elections which have missed deadlines since last year.
The UN recently ringed the alarm bell that Somalia will continue experiencing the debilitating effects of the drought ahead of the next rainy season of April saying that at least 4.5 million people have been affected by the drought with 671,000 having been displaced.”
The organisation further warned that it is encountering a crippling lack of funds to combat the dire drought which, it said has also been obliterated by other ongoing conflict in Ukraine.