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Drought triggers mass displacements in Somalia

Story from: CAJ News Africa

From SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia,
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – SEVERE drought has displaced some 662 000 Somalians in the crisis-torn country since the beginning of the year.The situation is projected to worsen towards the end of the year after rains ended months before June, when they normally cease, in most of the East African country.
As a result of insufficient rains, pest infestation and reduced area cultivated, overall cereal production will be 50-60 percent of average, humanitarian agencies said.
The continuous arrival of newly displaced populations has contributed to the worsening of food security and nutrition in refugee settlements such as Baidoa and the capital Mogadishu.Malnutrition is rife in nine of the 12 refugee settlements.
Livestock herd sizes have reduced substantially due to the impact of the prolonged drought and recovery is expected to take at least two consecutive seasons of good rainfall.Access to humanitarian assistance remains a challenge in many rural parts of central and southern Somalia.
Meanwhile, an outbreak of cholera reported earlier this year is worsening with 795 deaths recorded across the country from more than 53 000 cases of the water borne disease.
Apart from the worst drought in years, Somalia is enduring a civil war spanning over two decades and the insurgency by the Al-Shabaab terror group.
“If current level of humanitarian assistance is scaled back and rising levels of morbidity and disease outbreaks are not controlled, famine is possible in the worst affected areas,” the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit warned.
– CAJ News

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