13 million face severe hunger in Horn of Africa: UN

Updated - February 08, 2022 11:02 pm IST

Published - February 08, 2022 10:59 pm IST - Kampala

Displaced Somalis who fled the drought in southern Somalia sit in a camp in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia. File

Displaced Somalis who fled the drought in southern Somalia sit in a camp in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia. File

Drought conditions have left an estimated 13 million people facing severe hunger in the Horn of Africa, according to the United Nations World Food Program.

People in a region including Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya face the driest conditions recorded since 1981, the agency reported on Tuesday, calling for immediate assistance to forestall a major humanitarian crisis.

Drought conditions are affecting pastoral and farming communities. Malnutrition rates are high in the region.

WFP said it needs $327 million to look after the urgent needs of 4.5 million people over the next six months.

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