Mar 31, 2016

Drought-hit Somalia at 'tipping point': UN

Somalia
by
AFP
Severe drought and conflict in Somalia caused a famine in 2010-2012 that eventually killed a quarter of a million people. Photo: AFP, Phil Moore
Severe drought and conflict in Somalia caused a famine in 2010-2012 that eventually killed a quarter of a million people. Photo: AFP, Phil Moore

The United Nations' aid chief for Somalia begged for cash Thursday to stave off starvation amid intense drought affecting a million people and to pull the war-torn country "back from the tipping point."

"Urgent action is required right now. If not, we risk a rapid and deep deterioration of the situation, as drought conditions may worsen in the coming months," UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq said, appealing for $105 million (92 million euros) for "life-saving" aid for more than one million people