The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Adam Abdelmoula expressed deep concern about the deterioration of the dry conditions in this African country which have now escalated to a drought situation.
Humanitarian Affairs Minister Khadija Diriye said Somalia experiences a cyclical pattern of drought every five to six years and the failure of the rains thus far spells disaster.
"At a time when communities are already struggling to cope with the recent water shortages in many parts of the country, the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and already dire humanitarian situation in the country, many lives are at stake," she said in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu.
Over 80 percent of the country is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions, noting that although the Gu rains started in some parts of the country, forecasts indicate below-average rainfall.
There are two BREAKING NEWS coming from #Somalia today. 1. Government declares DROUGHT as dry conditions deteriorate, affecting more than 80 percent of the country. 2. Government forces and rival troops exchange gunfight in some parts of #Mogadishu.
Abdelmoula said urgent and immediate collective action, including scaling-up of response and funding, is needed now to mitigate a full-scale disaster.
Somalia is on the front line of climate change and the frequency of climate-related disasters is increasing rapidly.
Since 1990, Somalia has experienced more than 30 climate-related hazards, including 12 droughts and 19 floods - triple the number of climate-related hazards experienced between 1970 and 1990.
In 2021, said the UN, drought conditions are expected to increase displacement and have a lasting negative impact on livelihoods and food security outcomes.
#FromTheSouth News Bits | In Somalia, more than 116,000 people have been displaced since October 2020 to date as a result of an intense drought that triggered a humanitarian situation. pic.twitter.com/fI2rRjGuCx