Catastrophe looms in the Horn of Africa, Oxfam warns

International aid agency Oxfam has appealed for more action to be taken to try and prevent a catastrophe...

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International aid agency Oxfam has appealed for more action to be taken to try and prevent a catastrophe in the Horn of Africa.

Humanitarian organisations said the situation in southern Somalia and Ethiopia and northern Kenya is a crisis that may rapidly deteriorate into widespread famine.

Oxfam said government needs to make sure aid come on board as soon as possible.

Spokesperson Ian Bray said the ground is the driest it has been in 60 years as the region battles with increasingly frequent droughts. He added that people who have lost livestock are struggling to cope with food prices that have increased by up to 240 percent.

According to Bray an estimated 10 million people are suffering.

"We are witnessing alarming levels of malnutrition amongst people, especially children," he said.

He added that over 1,000 people a day are crossing into northern Kenya where the Dadaab refugee camp is located.

Described as the largest in the world,

the camp is well over capacity with 380,000 in a site initially designed to accommodate 90,000.