At least five people have died of starvation after losing their livestock to drought in central Somalia.
According to Ahmed Mohamed Shire, the deputy governor of the Mudug region for Galmudug state, hundreds of displaced families and people from other areas have arrived at the towns in the region seeking relief.
The official has confirmed death of five people who died of starvation and thirst due to the severe drought in Galmudug state.
Shire also stated outbreak of various diseases, including malnutrition.
He noted that the administration was making water trucking efforts for the people affected by the severe drought in Galgadud region.
Last month, Somali prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble had appointed a ministerial-level committee tasked with responding to the drought situation in Somalia.
Galgaduud is one of the worst-hit areas by the drought, with people now beginning to die of thirst and starvation after failed rains.