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Somalia: 110 dead from hunger in past 48 hours in drought

6 years 2 weeks 4 days ago Saturday, March 04 2017 Mar 4, 2017 March 04, 2017 10:50 AM March 04, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
File image: The Mercury News

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's prime minister says 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region as a severe drought threatens millions of people.

This is the first drought-related death toll announced by Somalia's government since it declared a national disaster on Tuesday.

The United Nations estimates that 5 million people in this Horn of Africa nation need aid, amid warnings of a full-blown famine.

Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire spoke Saturday during a meeting with the Somali National Drought Committee.

The death toll he announced is from the Bay region in southwestern Somalia alone.

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