UN seeks $753m for humanitarian needs in Somalia

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NAIROBI – The UN Office for Coordination of (OCHA) is seeking for 753 million dollars to help address humanitarian needs in Somalia in 2014.

The Office said in a report that humanitarians needed urgent and sustained to save lives and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable people to shocks.

OCHA added that “ for Somalia in 2014 is critically low.

“A total of 933 million dollars is required to meet humanitarian needs for 2014, of which, only 19 per cent has been funded.’’

The OCHA warned that Somalia’ fragile humanitarian situation was at risk of sliding back into .

Meanwhile, a report said more than 857,000 people, most of them displaced, were in of urgent life-saving assistance.

Early warnings had indicated that the combination of delayed rains April to June, a disrupted planting and rising prices in areas affected by military offensive, could further worsen the humanitarian situation in the country.

The UN humanitarian agency said that the number of people in further increase if the rainy was further delayed.

It added that plans were to enhance resilience of vulnerable households and communities through investments that enhanced the productivity of livelihood. (Xinhua/NAN)