Senior United Nations officials are highlighting the need for significant resources to help over 19 million people in
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told a news conference in
There were concerns that less than expected rainfall could lead to poor harvests and there would be an increased need for food aid and for pockets of therapeutic feeding where malnutrition was present, the UN News Service added.
Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that there was no consolidated appeal for
Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) needed an additional $236 million to cover its operations in the country for the rest of the year.
He said the current drought was one of the worst in the last decade, and the prognosis for the rains this year was worsening. Around 24% of children in some parts of the country had global acute malnutrition, and it was necessary now to start general supplementary feeding for children.
With fighting erupting again in the capital,
Bowden noted that the response to the $900 million appeal for
Aeneas Chuma, Resident Humanitarian Coordinator at the UN Office in
In addition, the country had also been affected by the global economic downturn as major sources of revenue such as tourism had declined by about 30%, while remittances from families abroad had also declined by 40%.