The United Nations and humanitarian agencies have warned that millions of people face severe hunger in the Horn of Africa as the worst drought in more than 40 years could extend to a fifth consecutive failed rainy season. Reuters quotes them as saying that the March-May rainy season appears likely to be the driest on record, devastating livelihoods and deepening a humanitarian emergency in Ethiopia, Somalia and parts of Kenya, including a risk of famine in Somalia. There is a risk that the October-December rainy season could also fail, they said, while “current appeals to respond to the drought remain well underfunded”.
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