IGAD calls for international community involvement in dealing with drought in the region

IGAD says there is great need to enhance support to the affected communities in the region/FILE

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH MARCH 2017-With the persistence drought in Estern Africa and the horn of Africa regions the  Intergovernmental Authority on Development(IGAD) Council of Ministers has called for enhanced support by the international community, to complement efforts of dealing with the ongoing drought at national and regional levels.

This is after it expressed serious concerns about ongoing drought emergencies and cases of famine currently affecting over 20 million people in the region.

 Close to 3 million Kenyans are facing starvation in Kenya while UN data reveal that half of Somalia’s population is suffering from food shortages.

The council also acknowledged the likelihood of further deterioration of the situation due to low rainfall forecasts for the coming months that are expected to lead to a further collapse of agricultural production.

IGAD’s plea for international support come after President Uhuru Kenyatta appealed for international aid last month when he declared the ongoing drought a national disaster.

 

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