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Hundreds of thousands need food in Somalia: UN

MOGADISHU--Over 350,000 people in Somalia's war-ravaged capital are in acute need of food aid as government and charities struggle to cope, the U.N. warned Saturday, with other cities also in crisis.

“The food security situation has worsened as early warnings highlight drought conditions in parts of Somalia,” a report from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

“Aid organizations have been unable to meet the needs of over 350,000 estimated displaced people in Mogadishu,” it added, warning of “alarming malnutrition rates” in the capital.

The notice comes three years after more than 250,000 people, half of them children, died in the devastating 2011 famine.

The report blamed “funding shortages and a volatile security situation, which has at times restricted aid delivery into the settlements.”

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