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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA, for its acronym in English) warned on Tuesday that at least 200 children have died in Somalia due to factors such as malnutrition and other conditions caused by the drought that plagues the African country.

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According to the entity, it has generated more than 800,000 displaced people and 5,830 cases of suspected cholera in 24 districts, as a result of the latent water shortage since last January of the current year.

Likewise, the agency specified that the levels of the Yuba and Shabelle rivers fell 30 percent below the average, causing a serious shortage of water for irrigation; while the migration of herders and livestock increases as people compete for this limited natural resource.

The rapid increase in humanitarian needs requires a massive increase in international assistance as partners move from drought response to famine averting, OCHA warned.

He also added that 213,000 people are in catastrophic food insecurity; In addition, he estimated at the end of last June that more than 350,000 children could die from malnutrition before September if the situation does not improve.

It is worth mentioning that previously the United Nations Organization (UN) indicated that the plan to mitigate the impact of the drought requires financing of 993.3 million dollars to humanitarianly assist 6.4 million people; of which 3.9 million received aid since January.

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