Britain said Friday it is providing 10 million U.S. dollars for humanitarian support to Somalis affected by the current drought.

Phil Evans, head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Somalia, said the funds will go towards providing food security, nutrition, clean water, basic health services and livestock vaccination to help boost those affected by the drought.

“The number of people at risk will continue to grow if nothing is done. We have learnt lessons from the past and know that acting early saves lives and makes sense,” Evans said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

The statement came after the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Somalia estimated 5.4 million Somalis are projected to be food insecure by July, of which at least 2.2 million are likely to be acutely food insecure.

A spike in drought-induced displacement continues as rural communities flee to urban areas, with nearly 45,000 people having moved so far this year, according to the UN.

Severe acute malnutrition rates among children are increasing rapidly, particularly among internally displaced people. Enditem


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