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Somalia: At least 110 dead due to famine in 48 hours

March 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Somalian children wait to receive food aid on 5 March 2017

At least 110 people have died of hunger and water-borne diseases in the last 48 hours in Somalia’s southwestern regions of Bay and Bakol,  Somalia’s prime minister said on Saturday afternoon.

In a news conference in Mogadishu, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire revealed that at least 110 people had died in the past two days.

“I have informed today that at least 110 people, mainly children, have died in the last 48 hours in the Bay and Bakol regions because of hunger and water-borne diseases such as cholera outbreak,” Khaire said.

UN: More than 100m at risk of starvation globally

On February 28, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said that the East African nation was suffering from a severe drought.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday called for urgent action to help over 20 million people facing famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeastern Nigeria.