UN calls for urgent effort to address critical water needs in Somalia
At least 2.6 million people are facing water shortages severe drought conditions in Somalia, the UN agency said on Friday. In a statement, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said over 2 million people in 66 districts are in acute need and will require immediate lifesaving WASH services for the next coming 6 months. ''Without urgent scale-up of WASH services, over 3 million people will be in acute need by end of March 2022 and will not have access to the minimum daily water requirement of 45L per family,'' the statement said. The current worst affected regions in Somalia include Gedo, Bay, Bakol, Lower Jubba, Galgadud, Mudug and parts of Bari, Nugaal, Sool, Sanaag, Togdheer, and Hiraan regions. The UNICEF said since December 2021 to May 2022, WASH Cluster partners need additional funding of $53 million to scale-up of emergency services to meet the urgent WASH needs of 2.3 million people across Somalia. It said food insecurity and acute humanitarian needs have been reported across all sectors, with more than 5.9 million people currently in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. The last time more than 1 million people were displaced in Somalia was in 2017, when drought ravaged the country and caused widespread suffering and uncertainty.