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Drought, scant aid funds worsen East Africa hunger

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  • Libya, Ivory Coast crises hit funding

  • Poor rains have led to failed harvests

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, April 27 (Reuters) - Drought has left more than 8 million people in the Horn of Africa short of food and water, and the number could rise sharply if funding to help them is not increased, British aid groups said on Wednesday.

"The current drought has the potential to be as devastating as that of 2009 if appropriate action is not taken immediately," said the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA), hosted by Save the Children.

In 2009, over 20 million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Eritrea faced life-threatening food and water shortages following consecutive years of failed rains, the CBHA said in a statement.

"We know the lessons from previous disasters and we have a moral responsibility to act, but we are limited by this lack of funding at a critical time," said CBHA director Sean Lowrie.

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