UN prepares to airlift aid to Somalia
The World Food Programme (WFP) is preparing to fly in urgently needed aid to Somalia, an official from the United Nations agency told the German Press Agency dpa on Tuesday, dpa reported.
Two planes would depart from Kenya later Tuesday or on Wednesday, the official said in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
The aid would include enriched food supplements and was to be distributed to internally displaced people in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR said an estimated 100,000 people have converged on the war-ravaged city over the last two months.
In total, some 1.5 million Somalis are displaced inside their own country, in addition to over 800,000 people have sought refuge abroad as the worst drought in decades grips the region.
"More are arriving every day from drought- and famine-affected areas of southern Somalia," UNHCR said in a statement.
The agency has also commenced the relocation of Somali refugees currently living on the outskirts of the Dadaab refugee camp complex in Kenya to a new site known as the Ifo Extension.
The new site will ultimately have the capacity to house 40,000 people, and help ease overcrowding at Dadaab. which houses over 350,000 people. The camp was originally built to house 90,000 people.