The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has issued a revised emergency appeal for nearly $16m to support victims of drought and other natural disasters in Somalia.
The federal said the funds will help the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) assist up to 502,800 people affected by natural calamities. “The priority is to implement time-sensitive activities to safeguard affected populations against further deterioration of an already stressed situation,” it said.
“Throughout Somalia, repeated cycles of drought currently verging on pre-famine conditions in many areas have increased vulnerabilities, resulted in the loss of crops, livelihoods and livestock, and weakened the purchasing power,” it added.
It warned that large parts of Somalia remain affected by food crises, the threat of disease outbreaks and ongoing internal displacement driven by drought and conflict. It said the most affected groups include nomadic communities and internally-displaced persons.
In January, the United Nations said about half of Somalia’s population needed emergency aid, such as food and water due to drought, and appealed for $1.6 billion.