MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble on Tuesday declared a state of humanitarian emergency and called on Somali business people and the international community to contribute to efforts aimed at mitigating the crisis.
“Our country is in a state of humanitarian emergency,” Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble tweeted on Tuesday.
“I call upon all Somalis, business people, religious leaders, the diaspora & the international community to make concerted efforts to significantly contribute to mitigate the suffering of those affected by the drought.”
The United Nations said on Friday that about 2.3 million people were already suffering with serious water, food and pasture shortages in Somalia, warning that a rapidly worsening drought could lead to an “extreme situation” by April next year.
“Climate projections show that the country is facing a fourth consecutive failed rainfall season,” It added in a statement.
The United Nations said it is imperative to act now to prevent a slide into the kind of drought and even famine conditions the Horn of Africa country experienced in previous years.
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