ReliefWeb » Document » SOMALIA: Drought-hit Somaliland pleads for aid

HARGEISA, 16 February 2010 (IRIN) – Officials in Somalia’s self-declared independent republic of Somaliland have appealed to the international community to provide humanitarian aid for hundreds of thousands of people, especially children, in the wake of prolonged drought.”The affected population is estimated at about 40 percent of Somaliland’s 3.5 million, which is equivalent to 1.4 million people,” Ali Ibrahim, Minister for Planning and National Aid Co-ordination, told IRIN.Following the failure of the Gu and Deyr rainy seasons in 2009, he said help was needed in water-trucking, construction and rehabilitation of boreholes, rehabilitation and desilting of dams, and the supply of medication for affected human and livestock populations to avert an outbreak of epidemics.Ibrahim added nutritional support for the weak and sick was required.

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