At least two people have been confirmed dead due to thirst in Gedo region, south-west Somalia, a government official revealed.
Dahir Mohamud Noor, the chairman of Gedo drought committee in Luuq district speaking to Goobjoog FM confirmed the death of two people among them children.
He said the effects of the prolonged drought in the region is increasing day after day adding that more people might if immediate relief is not delivered to the people faced with humanitarian crisis.
“There is fear of more deaths if an emergency humanitarian assistance is not met as quickly as possible”, he said.
The official urged the Federal government and aid agencies to assist the population, expressing his concern over the possibility of more deaths.
The chairman urged the Somali people in the country and those abroad to assist their brothers and sisters in the drought affected areas of the Gedo.
Residents have recently been complaining from food and acute water shortages in the Gedo region, stating that they are on the verge of humanitarian disaster.