UN declares famine in parts of Somalia: 3.7 million people ‘now in crisis’ and more than 10 million affected by worst drought in decades

by Al Jazeera

The UN says more than 10 million people are affected by drought across the Horn of Africa. Photo: Al Jazeera/Azad Essa

The United Nations has declared a state of famine in some parts of southern Somalia where the worst drought in over half a century is already being blamed for thousands of deaths.

The announcement on Wednesday signals the need for more aid to the worst affected regions of Southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle.

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