WHO warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Somalia
The humanitarian situation in central Somalia is expected to deteriorate in 2011 due to poor weather conditions, the World Health Organisation warned Friday.
"The La Nina dry weather phenomenon is particularly worrying. La Nina conditions predicted for 2011 practically guarantees a hard season accompanied by flooding which will increase the overall population in crisis," said the WHO.
WHO's representative for Somalia Marthe Everard added that in the south-central part of the country, "where rain didn't come, we may face a shortage of food."
Two million people living in central Somalia are already dependant on food aid.
After Al-Qaeda linked Shebab militia stopped the World Food Programme from providing aid in the region, the population is now dependant exclusively on help provided by the government.
"If the food is not available, maybe we will see again more displacements of local population to the areas where food aid" is still provided, such as "other places of Somalia, or to Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti," warned Everard.
Kenya is host to a large number of Somali refugees, including 300,000 who are sheltered in the Dadaab camp at the north-eastern part of the country, according to UN data.
© 2010 AFP