UN Calls For Urgent Action To Prevent Disaster In Somalia
The UN top relief official in Somalia has called for urgent action to prevent a catastrophe in Somalia amid a looming drought
Adam Abdelmoula, deputy special representative of the Secretary-General and UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Somalia said about 3.4 million people are projected to be affected by drought in the country.
"Extreme dry conditions and water scarcity are reported in 34 districts; the worst affected areas being Somaliland, Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle and Jubaland," Abdelmoula said in a statement issued in Mogadishu on Monday evening.
He said already more than 83,300 Somalis have been displaced by water shortages and dry conditions in the last four months.
"The unfolding water crisis in Somalia is a stark reminder that we urgently need long-term sustainable development solutions to complement humanitarian action and address the root causes of recurrent climatic shocks in Somalia," Abdelmoula said.
The situation, the UN said, is particularly challenging for women and children, particularly girls since scarcity increases the care burden required to collect water, as well as risk of abuse and gender-based violence.
Abdelmoula said the UN expects water scarcity to escalate the risk of communicable disease outbreaks such as acute watery diarrhea, increase the vulnerability of already at-risk populations and aggravate food insecurity.
"Without sustained humanitarian assistance, an estimated 2.65 million Somalis are expected to face crisis or worse levels of food insecurity through June due to forecasted below-average rainfall," he warned.
He also urged donors to ensure adequate funding for immediate life-saving water and sanitation interventions. Enditem