The President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has decided to donate two full months of Presidential salary to help the drought relief efforts across the nation.
This comes after the Somali Cabinet pledged to donate 20% of salaries to the drought relief.
Earlier this week, the Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Rooble declared a state of emergency in the nation as the country is ravaged by droughts.
According to UN figures, about 2.3 million people in 57 of 74 districts – nearly 20 per cent of the population in the affected districts – are ravaged by serious water, food and pasture shortages as water pans and boreholes have dried up.
It is estimated that to more than 80 percent of Somalia is experiencing severe drought conditions. The UN further elucidated that climate change was one of the main drivers.