Somaliland: Severe Drought Displaces Populace

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As regional governors report that no human lives have been lost to date.

The severe drought that has swept across the country has immensely displaced the residents of dozens of village centres, confirms the Saraar deputy regional governor.
According to Khadar Abdi Muse of our sister paper Dawan, deputy governor Ibrahim Mohammed has confirmed that over thirty villages has had its residents leave their homes in search of pastures and water far afield.
He said that the villages which lie in the districts of Waridad, Eelal and Danaano were seriously affected. The area falls north on the rest Saraar region and the expanse hit lies between Burao and Erigavo.
He acknowledged the fact that the drought that hit his area of governance had also severely affected the rest of the country.
Khadar reports that the administrator who was touring the region evaluating the extent of the impact met with reporters who were currently touring the countryside on the same mission.
In the meantime the Awdal and Daadmadeed regional governors acknowledge severity of the Drought, but report no human lives lost
The Awdal Regional Governor who officially first went public on the extent and severity of drought that has since spread its wings in expanse has revealed that his region has formally adviced the National Electoral Commission to register absentees displaced by drought once the rains fall and the residents return.
RG Mohammud Ali Suleiman also known as Ramah gave the statement to our sister paper Dawan’s reporter Feisal Hiis Weerar in a telephone interview on Friday.
At the same time the governor revealed that 1700 family households were dispensed with relief foodstuffs on the same and two thousand more were to be disbursed with the same necessary commodities the following day (Saturday).
The items consists of the country’s main staple food of rice, sugar, what floor, dates, cooking oil, soft drinks etc.

“We have distributed relief foods to 1700 families residing at Gorayo-awl, Geed-Tiqsi, Tulli, Sheikh Noor, Jarra-Horato and Magalo-ad”, said governor Ramah.

He acknowledged the fact that the drought was indeed severe but was cautious that “no human lives have been lost so far”.
He said that livestock was lost to the people due to the intensity of the drought.
He said that the region had complaints about the registration voters when asked by the reporter on how it went.
“The registration of voters indeed went well in the region however the emanating complaints have been conveyed to the NEC,” said the governor.
He elaborated that the drought affected the exercises and there was need to carry on with it after the populace displaced returned rainfall in the region.
He said that prayers to God were the only way out to combat the calamity.
Meanwhile the Odweine regional governor Ahmed Mohammed Hashi appealed for relief supplies and water, adds Dawan’s Ahmed M. Suleiman.
“The region is generally a vast one and has been severely hit by the drought”, said the governor.
“The residents are mainly pastoralists and the livestock is currently not marketable”, continues the administrator.
“We have evaluated the situation and it is poor”, he says.

The Horn Tribune

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