Cornish charity Shelterbox in Somaliland as it faces 'savage' drought

The self-declared state is on the brink of a "preventable humanitarian catastrophe." Credit: ITV News

A team from the Cornish charity Shelterbox is in Somaliland where a savage drought is threatening millions of people.

The self-declared state on the Horn of Africa has seen its rains fail for the last three years, and is now facing a famine as millions of livestock die.

The charity, who are experts on international emergency shelter, are in the city of Hargeisa talking to the aid community and government officials about the scale of the problem.

They say the people of Somaliland will need a mix of aid in the form of water, food, medicines and shelter.

Displaced communities are praying for rain to fall in the next couple of weeks. Credit: ITV News

Somaliland has a population of several million, half of whom are nomads.

Nomad life depends on livestock, and the continual search for grazing land. Already up to 70% of livestock have perished in some areas, and families are becoming even more widely displaced.

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The nomadic population presents the greatest challenge to Shelterbox - they are a people constantly on the move, so even finding those in greatest need amid a vast open territory will be a task.