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Somalia says drought kills 110 in the past 48 hours

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Somalia says drought kills 110 in the past 48 hours

 

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Somalia says drought kills 110 in the past 48 hours
Reuters
468 words
6 March 2017
10:07 AM
AFREP
English
Copyright 2017 Jeune Afrique All Rights Reserved.

 

Somali prime minister’s office said in a statement on Saturday (March 4) that 110 people have died in southern parts of the country in two days from famine and diarrhoea resulting from a drought, as the area braces itself for widespread shortages of food.

In February, United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said the drought in Somalia could lead to up to 270,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition this year.

In the southern city of Kismayo, mothers with their children have been streaming into the city’s stabilisation centre, supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The center is one of the few places in south and central Somalia where malnourished children are being treated.

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