SOMALIA / DROUGHT OPERATIONS CENTRE

20-Mar-2017 00:01:07
The United Nations launched a drought operations coordination centre over the weekend in the Somali city of Baidoa in an effort to promote the effective and timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to the south western region of the country. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / DROUGHT OPERATIONS CENTRE
TRT: 01:07
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 19 MARCH 2017, BAIDOA, SOMALIA
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19 MARCH 2017, BAIDOA, SOMALIA

1. Various shots, Vincent Lelei speaking to humanitarian workers
2. Med shot, map showing areas of South West State affected by drought
3. Close up, members of the NGO community participating in meeting
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Lelei, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, United Nations:
“The humanitarian crisis in the South West State has become the worst in the whole country, particularly in Bay and Bakool and Lower Shabelle. As a result, we have opened a new coordination centre for the drought response in order to make sure that we reach all those who are in need of assistance. That is priority number one. Priority number two, which is at the same as number one, is to work with officials at the regional state and at the district level to make sure that our effectiveness is at its best.”
5. Various shots, participants in opening meeting
STORYLINE
The United Nations launched a drought operations coordination centre over the weekend in the Somali city of Baidoa in an effort to promote the effective and timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to the south western region of the country.

The Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Vincent Lelei said the humanitarian crisis in South West state had become “the worst in the whole country, particularly in Bay and Bakool and Lower Shabelle.” He noted the first priority of the centre would be to “reach all those who are in need of assistance” and also to work with officials at the regional state and at the district level to make sure our effectiveness was “at its best” in ensuring the swift provision of water and sanitation, health, as well as food and nutrition assistance. Lelei estimated some 2,000 people in South West State were suffering from cholera and many children are malnourished.

Latest statistics indicate that about 6.2 million people – half the total population in Somalia – are in need of humanitarian aid, among them some three million who are facing crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity.
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