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UN seeks $530m for Somalia 'catastrophe'

02 December 2010, 09:28

Nairobi - The UN is seeking $530m for aid projects in Somalia in 2011, and calls the country's 20 years of strife a catastrophe that is "as urgent as ever".

The UN's humanitarian affairs office on Somalia said on Wednesday that the request is down 23% compared with the 2010 request. That drop is a result of a reassessment of food aid needs.

The UN says that despite fragile improvement in 2010 because of two good rainy seasons, Somalia still has two million people in crisis, including nearly 1.5 million displaced people.

The world body says that floods, drought and armed conflict disrupt access to healthcare, food, clean water and education.

Somalia hasn't had a fully functioning government since 1991.

- AP


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