food security situation in the southern Bakol region is rapidly
deteriorating, the Food Security Assessment Unit (FSAU) warned last
by the EC and FAO, carried out a rapid assessment in the region
last month along with USAID's Famine Early Warning System (FEWS).
Poor dry season
rainfall over large areas of the Bakol region had led to extreme
crop losses almost everywhere, representing the seventh consecutive
poor harvest in the area.
FSAU and FEWS
both confirmed reports of recent food-related human deaths. Deteriorating
food security conditions across the border in Ethiopia were making
the outlook for Bakol even bleaker, FSAU stressed.
Some 70 percent
of people were in need of assistance and many agro-pastoralists
in the Hudur, Wajid and Rab-Dure districts had left their villages
in search of help.
of starvation are already seen throughout the Bakol region," FSAU
said. "Malnutrition is widespread and increasing." The resumption
of food deliveries to the region was urgently needed to avoid a
humanitarian catastrophe, it pointed out.