Somalia asks for aid for drought-hit area

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Posted: Apr 05, 2011 8:47 AM
Somalia asks for aid for drought-hit area

Somalia's government is appealing for international aid for the country's drought-hit population after rains failed several seasons in a row.

Somalia's ambassador to Kenya, Mohamed Ali Nur, warned Tuesday that unless aid gets to those in need, he fears there could be a "staggering death toll."

Nur said Somalia is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the early 1990s, when a famine struck the nation and the world intervened to feed the hungry.

He said the current drought is affecting the entire country, but south-central regions are hit hardest.

Nur's appeal follows a call by Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on U.N. agencies Monday to relocate to Somalia. Somalia has been mired in chaos since 1991.