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Famine Looms As Horn of Africa Drought Persists July 1, 2011
East Africa drought-famine graphic
No areas of East Africa have so far reached the catastrophe/famine status as assigned by the U.N.
More than 10 million people living in the Horn of Africa are suffering from the worst drought in 60 years, with parts of Somalia and Kenya approaching famine conditions.

“Two consecutive poor rainy seasons have resulted in one of the driest years since 1950-51 in many pastoral zones,” the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.

It added that there is not likely to be any improvement until at least the spring of 2012.

The agency warned that 3.5 million people are threatened by food shortages in Kenya, while 3.2 million others are at risk in Ethiopia and 2.5 million in Somalia.

The impact of the drought is being made more acute by soaring food prices, high livestock deaths, conflict and restricted humanitarian access, according to the U.N.

Graphic: OCHA