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NAIROBI -- The United Nations has appealed for urgent help
for more than 90,000 men, women and children whose herds of goats and
camels are likely to be wiped out by a worsening drought in Somalia.
Aid workers say rains are likely to fail in the Sool Plateau
region of northern Somalia, aggravating four years of drought which
have already decimated livestock and plunged families into deepening
"We are already facing an acute humanitarian crisis, in particular
in the Sanaag and Sool regions of the Sool Plateau, due to four years
of consecutive drought," said the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian
Coordinator for Somalia Maxwell Gaylard.
"With the current rains apparently failing again, we can expect
that most remaining livestock will die, the local economy will
collapse and this could trigger large-scale population movements to
towns that would adversely affect the health and welfare of the
communities, in particular children," he said.
The drought has pushed food and water prices higher, forcing many
families to supplement their income by cutting down trees to sell as
charcoal, causing widespread environmental damage.
The government of the northwestern Somali enclave of Somaliland --
which covers part of the affected region -- appealed for urgent help,
saying it was facing its worst drought in two decades.
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