Three people have died of starvation in Middle Shabelle region as the drought crisis in the country continues to deepen, witness has said.
Abdullahi Mohamed Hassan an elder told Local Media by phone on Saturday that the trio died on Friday in Qordhere village some kilometers off Jowhar town.
“The water pans, boreholes and other sources of water have dried up in rural areas and these people died of Hunger and thirsty,” said Hassan.
Hassan said the severe drought has caused many people to leave their homes in rural areas to towns.
He called on Somalia Federal Government to dispatch aid to drought-stricken regions in southern Somalia.
The move comes barely two days after Somali president said millions of Somali people are at risk of starvation if action is not taken soon.
“The devastating drought ravaging many parts of the country continues to take a terrible toll on animals. Many children and aged have lost their lives and now those who were strong enough to endure have started to fall,” Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said.
Dozens of people, most of them children, are reported to have died of starvation in recent months.
Some of the hardest hit has been the nomadic pastoralists, who depend on their livestock for their livelihood. In the unrelenting drought, hundreds of livestock have starved to death due to lack of pasture and water.
Water shortages are a chronic problem in Somalia, mostly affecting the rural population.
The water shortage has forced many residents to walk for many kilometers in search of clean water to drink.