The UAE, through its humanitarian agencies and in cooperation with the Somali Disaster Management Authority (SoDMA) and other authorities, continues to distribute aid to the local population and displaced persons in the areas worst affected by the drought, including the Mahas and Mataban regions in Hiran Governorate.
, Hirshabelle State.
This aid is part of efforts to distribute more than 1,000 tons of relief supplies to the Somali people.
He arrived on an Emirati aid ship at the port of Mogadishu to help meet the needs of an estimated 2.5 million people affected by drought.
Food and relief supplies have been distributed to more than 1,330 displaced and affected families in Bal’ad district in Hirshabelle state, more than 400 families in Hudur city and 470 families in Baidoa, the capital of the southwestern region.
This aid is part of a plan to distribute relief supplies in cooperation with relevant Somali ministries and agencies, notably the Somalia Disaster Management Agency.
Somalia is one of the countries in the Horn of Africa most affected by the drought currently plaguing the region.
The drought facing Somalia is the worst in decades, and there are warnings that the drought will turn into famine.
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization has forecast that the country will brace for a fifth consecutive unsuccessful rainy season.