NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The number of people facing crisis-level food
insecurity in the Eastern Africa region has increased by 18
percent to 36.5 million in October from 30.9 million a year ago,
UN humanitarian agency said Tuesday.
The United Nations
Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Eastern
Africa said in its latest report released in Nairobi that
repeated episodes of drought across the region, conflicts and
insecurity, high stable food prices and high
refugee/displacements across the region are the main drivers of
“An estimated 36.5
million people are facing crisis-level food insecurity and above
Integrated Phase Classification (IPC Phase 3+) and need
humanitarian assistance. This is a 18 percent increase compared
to 30.9 million people one year ago,” OCHA said in its Food
Security and Nutrition Situation report.
The UN report warns
that food security conditions are expected to deteriorate in
Burundi and Rwanda until the end of the year due to the lean
The report says food
security is expected to improve in Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda in
coming months as households harvest seasonal crops.
The main areas of
concern are South Sudan, Burundi, southeastern Ethiopia,
pastoral areas of Kenya, and parts of Somalia and DRC.
The report says
nutrition situation continues to be of concern in the region
based on admission trends in several countries, despite ongoing
humanitarian action is needed to respond to alarming levels of
malnutrition in Somalia and Kenya to prevent further
deterioration,” the UN said.
In Kenya, says the
report, some 420,674 children require treatment of acute
malnutrition while in Ethiopia, 376,000 children with severe
acute malnutrition are expected in 2017.
The UN report says
some 1.2 million children in Somalia are projected to be
malnourished over the next one year period, including 231,829
being severely malnourished.
“In Sudan, 2 million
people are acutely malnourished including 550,000 who are
severely malnourished. In South Sudan more than 1 million
children under age 5 are estimated to be acutely malnourished,”