Somalia is currently suffering from the worst drought in 10 years, according to experts’ description, which led 700,000 rural residents to leave their homes in search of food and water, according to a report published by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday.
According to Adam Abdel Mawla, an official with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Somalia 350,000 children out of a total of 1.4 million Somali children suffering from malnutrition will be at risk of death during the upcoming summer season.
The UN official added that 70% of children do not go to schools, as many of them were closed due to drought.
He revealed that cases of underage marriages increased due to the inability of parents to support them.
The natural disaster that Somalia suffers from is the sharp rise in temperatures and the lack of precipitation for 4 consecutive seasons, which resulted in a drought in 90% of Somali lands and semi-dryness of the Juba River.