Number includes 840,000 children under the age of five - up 65%, according to a body linked to the United Nations
Ocha (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) reported that about 2.7 million Somalis will face food insecurity in a crisis or worse, starting next month.
The figure includes 840,000 children under 5 years of age. Since November, tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes due to extreme water scarcity. Forecasts already indicate that the rainy season, between March and June, will have levels below average.
Conditions close to drought are already being reported in parts of the states of Somaliland, Puntland, Hirshabelle, Galmudug and Jubaland, after weak seasonal rains at the end of last year.
The loss of rain-fed pastures is threatening the livelihood of livestock, which is the livelihood of many Somalis. Internally displaced people told Ocha that they are looking for water and pasture for their animals.
UN: About 2.7 million Somalis face food insecurity
Somali family in the city of Belet Weyne (Photo: Ilyas Ahmed / UN Photo)
Humanitarian organizations delivered water to 300,000 people in areas affected by the scarcity. And the Somali Humanitarian Fund has released $ 13 million to expand the response.
A $ 7 million rapid response allocation Cerf (Central Emergency Response Fund) is also being authorized. Up to US $ 20 million will be earmarked to finance other preventive actions.
A number of humanitarian problems, including conflict, food insecurity and uneven climate, have affected Somalis for decades. This year, the UN and partners aim to reach 4 million people with humanitarian aid. Organizations have asked for $ 1 billion in response, but only 2.5% of that funding is guaranteed.