The UN has cautioned that eight of the 18 regions in Somalia are now at huge risk of sliding into famine by September, due to a devastating drought and the war in Ukraine.
At the moment, about 200 children have succumbed to malnutrition and disease since January.
The number of people suffering from food insecurity has risen to seven million people compared to 4.5 million in May.
“While nearly four million people [in Somalia] have received assistance since January, we need much more cash, greater resources to meet growing needs and avert famine,” Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary General said.
The caution comes even as the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization released new figures showing that about 10% of the world’s population are affected by hunger.
Eastern Africa and the Sahel are the most affected regions in Africa.