More Than 850K People Need Emergency Food Aid In Somalia, As Flooding Threatens Region, U.N. Warns

News outlets discuss findings from a U.N. report highlighting food insecurity in Somalia.

Agence France-Presse: Somalia food aid crisis ‘critical’: U.N.
“War-torn Somalia remains in a ‘critical’ state four years after a devastating famine, the U.N. warned on Monday, noting a sharp rise in those needing food aid…” (8/30).

International Business Times: In Somalia, Over 850K People In Need Of Emergency Food Aid: U.N. Study
“More than 850,000 people in Somalia are living in a state of acute malnutrition and food insecurity, according to an estimate by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The ‘alarming’ number represents a 17 percent rise in the number of people facing a food crisis in the impoverished African nation over the last six months, the U.N. agency said, in a statement released Monday…” (Pandey, 9/1).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Hunger rises in Somalia as El Niño floods loom: U.N.
“…Scientists fear Somalia will face severe flooding because of the El Niño phenomenon, a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific. This phenomenon is strengthening and is likely to peak in three to seven months’ time, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said…” (Migiro, 8/31).

U.N. News Centre: More than 850,000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia, U.N. food assessment shows
“…In 2011, Somalia experienced a devastating famine, according to the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Things have since improved, but humanitarian needs remain vast and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance continues to fluctuate around three million. The ability to absorb shocks — whether conflict or natural disasters — is very limited…” (8/31).