Somalia says 110 die of starvation, diarrhea in 48 hours

Capital city Mogadishu is bearing the brunt of the catastrophe as thousands of people have flocked here to find food.

Starvation in Somalia killed roughly 258,000 people between 2010 and 2012, according to joint report by the United Nations and the United States Agency for International Development. The death toll he announced was from the Bay region in the south-west part of the country alone.

The humanitarian crisis is linked to violent conflict, says United Nations chief António Guterres.

More than 7,000 internally displaced people checked into one feeding centre recently.

The UN humanitarian co-ordinator, Stephen O'Brien, was expected to visit Somalia in the next few days. Previous droughts and a quarter-century of conflict, including ongoing attacks by the extremist group Al Shabab, have left the country fragile.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a USA $24.6 million dollarS appeal on Friday to meet the emergency needs of over 1 million Somalis affected by drought. Today, the Somalian Prime Minister announced that 110 people have died from hunger in the country's southwest Bay region.

Mostly children and elderly people died in villages surrounding the town of Baido, Abdullahi Omar Roble, the government's regional humanitarian chief, told the DPA news agency.

The disease is often spread due to lack of clean drinking water.

About 363,000 acutely malnourished children in Somalia "need urgent treatment and nutrition support, including 71,000 who are severely malnourished", the US Agency for International Development has warned.

The UN humanitarian appeal for 2017 for Somalia is £702 million to provide assistance to 3.9 million people.

Khaire has urged "business people and everyone to contribute to the drought response efforts aimed at saving the lives of the millions of Somalis dying of hunger and lack of water".

But the UN World Food Program recently requested an additional $26m plan to respond to the drought. The hike was mainly driven by deepening crises in those countries, where conflict and drought have crippled food production.

  • Joanne Flowers