Waajid local adminstration has appealed to Somali traders to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by severe drought which is ravaging the region.
Abdullahi Adan Yariisow, Wajid district commissioner said several parts of the district have been affected by drought.
He said the drought has widely affected Bakool region, worsening in some areas and called on Somalis spread across the world to do everything to aid their brothers and sisters suffering from severe drought.
“We appeal to Somali people especially the traders to immediately come to the aid of their brothers and sisters in the affected areas before the situation gets worsened, it is time that aid is delivered very urgently in particular drought stricken areas of the district,” Yariisow said.
Yariisow said the most urgent needs include access to water, food, cash relief, emergency livelihood support, nutrition and health services to reduce morbidity and mortality.
A food crisis in Bakool, caused by both drought and rising food prices has been deemed a famine in the region, include areas that are under the control of Al-Shabaab.
Pastoralist families are facing a serious shortage of water and pastures after several water points dried up the last few months as a result of dry spell that has hit in many parts of Somalia.
Thousands of Somalis have fled the countryside in search of food and water, trekking for days under scorching sun toward camps in major towns.