Somaliland Declares State of Emergency Over Drought

Somaliland deputy president

HARGEISA (Somaliguardian) – Somaliland declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a severe drought and water shortage in many parts of the self-proclaimed state.

In a statement issued by a committee assigned with drought relief efforts led by the deputy President Abdirahman Ismail Sayli’i, authorities appealed for humanitarian assistance to almost one million people affected by the drought in rural parts of the country.

Many rural residents in the eastern regions of Somaliland have lost their livestock due to water shortage and drought triggered by failure of successive rainy seasons.

In November last year, Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble declared a state of humanitarian emergency and called on the Somali business people and the international community to contribute to efforts aimed at mitigating the crisis.

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