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Water shortage hits Somaliland

In the drought-ravaged Gedo region of Somalia, obtaining water can involve treks of 20km or more
In the drought-ravaged Gedo region of Somalia, obtaining water can involve treks of 20km or more (Mohamed Gaarane/IRIN)

Residents in parts of Somalia's northeastern self-declared republic of Somaliland are facing severe water shortages after poor October to December Deyr rains.

"In the eastern regions of Somaliland, such as Sool, Sanag and Togdheer, the people are already facing livelihood difficulties, as well as water shortages, because all the barkads [water pans] have run out of water," said Mohamed Muse Awale, director of Somaliland's National Disaster Committee.

Worst-affected areas include the Hawds of Togdheer and Buhotle, the Sool plateau and the Nugal valley, added Awale. In some parts, residents are relying on water brought in by truck.

"The nearest place to get water is Damal Hagare [160km northeast] in Sanag region and the prices have increased from US$8 to $15 [for 200 litres]," Said Mohamoud Abdi Mohamoud, from the Hudun District in Sool, told IRIN.

According to a Famine Early Warning Systems Network report, poor rainfall in December is likely to "further stress water resources and negatively impact [on] crop and rangeland conditions in the Greater Horn of Africa".


This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions

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