Somalia appeals for urgent funding to help 2.7 million people
Somalia has appealed for urgent funding to assist 2.7 million people projected to face acute hunger as pre-drought conditions worsen in the Country. Khadija Mohamed Diriye, minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, said the impact of the flooding, desert locust and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are again pushing up to 2.7 million people across the country towards a major humanitarian crisis. In a statement, Khadija Mohamed Diriye minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management said that the food insecurity situation in the Horn of Africa nation was already extremely concerning. "The food insecurity situation is already extremely concerning and unless aid providers can immediately scale up aid operations in some pre-drought-hit areas, it will leave disastrous consequences for the millions of our people," Diriye said. ''Unless aid providers can immediately scale up aid operations in some pre-drought-hit areas, it will leave disastrous consequences for the millions of our people,” the minister said The humanitarian situation in Somalia worsened in 2020 compounded by the triple threat of floods, COVID-19 and desert locusts. In addition to the compounding effects of poor and erratic rainfall distribution in 2020 and the projected poor performance of the 2021 Gu’ (April-June) rains already show signs of severe pre-drought conditions in Gedo region of Jubbaland, South West State, Puntland, Galmudug and Somaliland, pushing millions of people into acute food insecurity, with dire consequences for marginalized and displaced communities. Since February 2021, the coronavirus pandemic has worsened in Somalia. As of 6 March, the total COVID-19 cases recorded in Somalia reached 10,085, including 5,518 active cases, 4,498 recoveries and 429 deaths since the outbreak. Mogadishu remains the epic-center followed by Somaliland and Puntland. In response to the new spikes of COVID19 cases in recent weeks, the Federal Government of Somalia has taken measures including banning all public gatherings, closure schools. All government employees were instructed to work from home, except for critical senior government staff.