UN ramps up aid to East Africa drought victims

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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 5:20 AM
UN ramps up aid to East Africa drought victims

The United Nations says it is ramping up its aid efforts for the drought-hit regions of East Africa.

The United Nations declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia on Wednesday.

The World Food Program says it will begin providing food for 175,000 people in the Gedo region of southern Somalia in the coming days.

WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella told reporters in Geneva that the U.N. food agency also aims to provide aid to 40,000 people in the Afgoye region and will start airlifts to the capital Mogadishu in the coming days.

The global body says tens of thousands of people have already starved to death in Somalia and thousands are streaming across the borders to Ethiopia and Kenya daily.