In Summary

  • On Tuesday, Mahboub Maalim, the executive secretary of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, said that the drought in the region is alarming.

  • Badly hit are most of Somalia, South-eastern Ethiopia, Northern, Eastern and Coastal Kenya, and Northern Uganda.

  • According to Mr Maalim, the number of people facing crisis and emergency stands at 17 million. Somalia has 2.9 million 5.6 million in Ethiopia, 2.7 million in Kenya with Uganda and South Sudan accounting for the rest.

At least 20 million people are facing starvation with 11.2 million in dire need of food in the Horn of Africa due to drought. There were two consecutive poor rain seasons in 2016.

On Tuesday, Mahboub Maalim, the executive secretary of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, said that the drought in the region is alarming.

Badly hit are most of Somalia, South-eastern Ethiopia, Northern, Eastern and Coastal Kenya, and Northern Uganda.

“Certain areas in South Sudan and Djibouti are under an emergency phase,” he said while briefing journalists on Tuesday.

According to Mr Maalim, the number of people facing crisis and emergency stands at 17 million. Somalia has 2.9 million 5.6 million in Ethiopia, 2.7 million in Kenya with Uganda and South Sudan accounting for the rest.

World Food Programme, East and Central Africa regional director Valerie Guarnieri said that over 11.2 million people need emergency food relief.

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