Worst drought in 60 years hits 10 million in Horn of Africa

Ten million people in the Horn of Africa have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years, with some areas on the verge of famine and thousands on the march in seach of food and water, according to the UN. A poor rainy season coupled with rising food prices have led to severe food shortages in countries including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.

Cattle and sheep are dying at higher rates than usual, reaching up to 60 per cent of mortality in some areas.

“Over 10 million people are affected by the drought in one way or other,” said Elisabeth Byrs, official for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“We believe that the drought situation in certain regions is the worst in 60 years,” she said. “In some areas the situation is close to that of famine. We are at the emergency stage which precedes that of famine. But the situation can still evolve,” she added.

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