Extensive drought and high inflation in the northern Togdheer region of the self-declared republic of Somaliland have pushed many families, both nomadic and urban, to the brink of starvation. People are suffering not only from the drought but also from a very high level of inflation, putting food out of the reach of many people. About 350,000 people live in the Togdheer area. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the high rates of inflation along with an extremely harsh dry season and increasing insecurity in the south were responsible for the rapid deterioration in Somalia’s humanitarian situation. “It is imperative that aid agencies increase their efforts to urgently address the acute suffering of those in need,” said governor Abdillahi. Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation. The report adds that conditions in Somalia have worsened to their lowest point in many years, and the prospects for Somalis are among the very bleakest in the world.