‘Over 100 people have died from hunger in a single region of Somalia in just 48 hours according to Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire. These are the first deaths attributed to the country’s severe drought since a “national disaster” was declared earlier this week.
Khaire confirmed the deaths in the southwestern Somalia’s Bay region during a meeting with the Somali National Drought Committee on Saturday, according to AP.
The drought-stricken country is on the brink of famine, with 6.2 million lives at risk, according to humanitarian agencies. Thousands of people have surged into the country’s capital Mogadishu, in search of food, forcing support agencies to speed up their response efforts.’