Funding for Horn of Africa drought falls short of needs: UN

08:16, June 14, 2011      

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The funding for relief efforts to help Eastern Horn of Africa out of the driest year in more than 15 years is barely more than 50 percent of announced needs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in the United Nations Monday.

According to an OCHA report, "2011 is the driest period in the Eastern Horn of Africa since 1995 (and) drought remains a major threat with no likelihood of improvement until early 2012."

The drought threatens the livelihoods of millions in the region, OCHA said.

OCHA said the number of people "in acute livelihood crisis," which the agency estimates at about 8.8 million at present, is expected to increase in the coming months, and overall food security conditions will continue to deteriorate.

"Against the approximately 1.293 billion (U.S.) dollars in humanitarian requirements identified by the governments and humanitarian country teams in Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, some 671 million dollars in contributions has been recorded to date, meaning emergency appeals throughout the region are funded at 51 percent," OCHA said.

The UN agency said funding gaps have been reported in all major sectors, including nutrition, water and sanitation, and livelihoods.

Source: Xinhua
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