People in Southern Somalia are desperate for a morsel of food. REUTERS/Ho New
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The number of Somalis in hunger has risen in the past six months, the United Nations said Monday, predicting a further spike as the Horn of Africa nation braces itself for the worst flooding in decades.Following a poor cereal harvest caused by an early end to the rainy season, there has been a 17 percent increase in the number of Somalis in food crisis, up to 855,000 people, two-thirds of whom are internally displaced. Some 855,000 people need emergency food aid, and another 2.3 million are food stressed, the U.N. said.Some 215,000 children under 5 are malnourished, most of them living in settlements for the internally displaced, where global acute malnutrition rates are consistently above the emergency threshold of 15 percent, the U.N. said.
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