The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has warned that at least 18.4 million people in the three Horn of Africa (HOA) countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia are already experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity and rising malnutrition, wrote The Business Standard.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the number of people facing high levels of acute food insecurity and growing malnutrition across the three nations could rise to 20 million by September 2022.
Due to the drought, around 7.2 million Ethiopians and 4.1 million Kenyans are extremely food insecure. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported 7.1 million people in Somalia are now acutely food insecure, including 213,000 people in dire straits, and eight areas of the country are at risk of famine between now and September 2022, with the bay region of particular concern.
At least 7 million livestock have died in the Horn of Africa, including more than 1.5 million in Kenya, 2.1 million to 2.5 million in southern and south-eastern Ethiopia, and 3 million in Somalia. As a result of the loss of livestock, children in the impacted areas have less access to milk, which has a severe impact on their nutrition.
Humanitarian partners require more than 1.7 billion US dollars to meet rapidly rising needs in the coming months, as evidenced by drought response plans in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya, as well as a flash appeal for Kenya.
Source: Business Standard
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