Somalia famine killed 260,000 people

  • Nearly 260,000 people died during a famine that hit Somalia from 2010 to 2012, according to a study released on Thursday.

    Around 4.6 percent of the country’s 9.6 million-strong population died, according to the report by the United Nations and the US-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

    The crisis was the result of a severe drought, worsened by a conflict between rival groups fighting for power.

    The UN declared the famine over in February 2012.

    The number of deaths was higher than the 220,000 people who died during the 1992 famine.

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