Burao (Tusaale 03 March 2017) – Five people have reportedly died in Buhodle area, south-East of Somaliland as the results of long lasting droughts in the Horn of Africa and diseases, Radio Koor reports.
Two people, old man and a child have died in Odale district, Buhodle area – south-west of Somaliland this week as the district commissioner Hinne Mohamed Salah told to @RadioKoor – a Somali Online radio that focuses on social and political issues in the Horn. He also stated that ‘Three others are serious as the result of malnutrition and they have been rushed to Burao Hospital.”
Despite the droughts in the area, diseases broke out including measles that left three other people’s death, the commissioner said.
Somaliland is one of the countries in the Horn of Africa that has been severely hit by the droughts. According to report by FAO-managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) issued on 2 February 2017 revealed that some 30,000 children have already dropped out of schools as the result of droughts in Somaliland and Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland. In addition, The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated in report released on February 2017 that “Nearly 3 million Somalis are expected to face Crisis and Emergency levels by June 2017, more than double compared to the previous six months. Severe drought, rising prices, continued insecurity, humanitarian access limitations, and depressed rain forecasts suggest famine is possible in Somalia in 2017.”