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Somalia: Famine is progressing in the south, according to the UN

NAIROBI, Kenya – A new region of Somalia is now in a situation of famine, which affects four million people in the south of the country, said the United Nations on Monday.

Bay region in the south, is the latest area declared famine. Nearly 60% of the population suffers from severe malnutrition, said Grainne Moloney, head of the unit of analysis of food security and nutrition, a UN agency. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.

According to the UN, four of the eight regions of southern Somalia are now affected by famine and 750,000 people could die within four months if no adequate support is provided.

Somalia, countries in the Horn of Africa in the east of the continent is facing the worst drought in 50 years. The country must also face a severe food crisis and an epidemic of cholera, dirty water and poor health system that led to an increase in cases, according to the World Health Organization.

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