40 dead in Somalia drought disaster

40 dead in disasterFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) –  ABOUT 40 people have been reported dead this week as a result of drought in central Somalia, raising fears of a recurrence of the disaster that peaked with 250 000 deaths six years ago.
William Spindler, spokesman of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,  confirmed the deaths and illness.
“Medical cases include people with acute malnutrition, especially children, watery diarrhoea, and cholera. Detail is sparse,” he said.
The deaths are a series of a tragedy that has displaced more than 135 000 people inside the country in the Horn of Africa.
People are leaving their rural homes because of the drought, rising food prices, dry weather forecasts, and ongoing insecurity and are heading for urban areas.
This includes treks to Mogadishu and the town of Baidoa.
The government is seeking to have aid provided to people in their districts in order to avoid people making long a dangerous trip on foot in search of help.
Meanwhile, drought is also pushing some to flee the country.
More than 3 770 Somali new arrivals have been recorded at Melkadida in Ethiopia, and acute malnutrition has been reported in around 75 per cent of arriving child refugees.
The drought comes as UNHCR continues its voluntary repatriation programme for Somali refugees in Kenya’s Dadaab complex, which has brought home 49 985 people since December 2014.
CAJ News

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