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UN agencies call for urgent action to address Somalia drought

20.02.2017 09:17 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) The world must act now to save lives in Somalia where a devastating drought is affecting more than six million people, or nearly half the population, UN Radio says referring to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) report. As to the report, the UN agencies note that only a «massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.» It is to be admitted, the drought was first reported in northern regions more than a year ago, but it has now spread throughout the country. Besides, they say the drought is threatening Somalia fragile population, already battered by decades of conflict. People are living «hand-to-mouth» and whole villages have lost their crops or seen their livestock die. It is to be mentioned, the UN agencies are reinforcing their joint efforts to respond to the situation, for example by providing food and water vouchers to hundreds of thousands in affected areas. However, they will require more than US$450 million in order to provide the urgent assistance required in the coming months.

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