Jun 3, 2016

Roundup: About 20 mln people in East Africa require food aid

Ethiopia
Puntland
Somaliland
Somalia
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Xinhua
Residents of River Nyando salvage their property after the river burst its banks and caused floods in Kisumu, western Kenya, Nov. 17, 2015. Local residents were displaced and crops destroyed after the heavy rains. Photo: Simbi Kusimba, Xinhua
Residents of River Nyando salvage their property after the river burst its banks and caused floods in Kisumu, western Kenya, Nov. 17, 2015. Local residents were displaced and crops destroyed after the heavy rains. Photo: Simbi Kusimba, Xinhua

About 19.9 million people in Eastern Africa require humanitarian aid as food security situation in the countries affected are not expected to improve, the UN humanitarian agency said in its latest report received on Wednesday...

Throughout the region, heavy rains that intensified in late April have resulted in excessive flooding, affecting more than half a million people and causing over 370 deaths.

"Although the rains have also brought relief to some areas that have been affected by the worst drought in decades, namely; parts of Ethiopia, Puntland, Somaliland and a number of countries in southern Africa, the food security situation in these areas is not expected to significantly improve, due to the scale and intensity of the El Nino-induced drought that has already depleted coping mechanisms," it said