Somalia Famine Warning As Rains Set To Fail Again

The United Nations has warned there is a strong possibility of famine in Somalia from April as current weather forecasts indicate a sixth consecutive failed rainy season.

It says more than seven million people continue to be affected by the country’s longest and most severe drought in decades.

At an event in the capital, Mogadishu, the UN, the Somali government and humanitarian agencies said the international response so far was insufficient. They have appealed for more than $2.5m (£2m).

The drought has so far forced more than 1.4 million people from their homes and destroyed at least 3.5 million livestock.

“Somalis have zero contribution to the climate change but we are facing this dire consequence,” the country’s special envoy for drought response said at the event.