Severe water shortage reported in Gedo region
As drought reigns through the Gedo region in southern Somalia, people and animals face a severe water shortage following failure of the seasonal rains also known as Deyr, an MP said.
Mohamed Da’ud, a member of Jubbaland state parliament said the looming drought put the lives of pastoral families and their livestock in the region at risk.
Failure of short rain season dwindled water sources for both human and livestock in Bardere town and its most suburb areas, he said.
The MP has prayed to Allah for rains for pastoralists affected by the drought, and called on Somali federal government and international humanitarian agencies to step in.
Most agro-pastoral areas in southern Somalia rely on rainfall for subsistence farming and survive from one harvest to another increasing their vulnerability to unpredictable weather.