The food security and malnutrition situation in Somalia remains alarming, especially in parts of Puntland and Somaliland, which have been hard hit by drought exacerbated by El Niño. This is according to the latest assessment by the FAO-managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU). More than 4.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, of these about 950,000 are severely food insecure and are unable to meet their daily food needs. Nearly 305,000 children under age 5 are acutely malnourished, with 58,300 of them severely malnourished.
Drought and water shortages
While El Niño conditions led to above average rains in many parts of Somalia during the Deyr rainy season from October to December, parts of Puntland and Somaliland are currently affected by drought and water shortages.
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