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260 000 died in Somali famine - report

29 April 2013, 18:23

Nairobi - Officials in East Africa say a report to be released this week estimates that 260 000 people died in Somalia's 2011 famine, more than double previous estimates.

The report by two US government-funded famine and food agencies gives the highest toll from Somalia's 2011 famine. One previous estimate said between 50 000 and 100 000 people died.

A Western official briefed on the report told The Associated Press that it says 260 000 people died, and that half the victims were 5 and under. Two other international officials briefed on the report confirmed that the toll's report was in the quarter-million range.

All three insisted they not be identified because they were not authorised to share the report's contents before it is officially released.

- AP


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