The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing its worst drought in 40 years, and as a result, a significant number of people there no longer have regular access to potable water.
According to UNICEF, the number of people experiencing water shortages in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia has surged from 9.5 million to 16.2 million in just five months.
40 million children are also at high risk of experiencing water shortages in the West and Central African Sahel nations of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria.
According to UNICEF, more than 2.8 million children in both regions are severely acutely malnourished.
According to the report, these kids have an up to 11 times higher risk of dying from water-related illnesses than healthy kids.
“Children are at exponentially greater risk when water is either unavailable or unsafe.
Millions of children in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa are only one disease away from a tragedy, according to UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell.
According to UNICEF, the price of water has significantly increased as natural water sources have dried up.
In the Horn of Africa, the majority of residents rely on water that is brought by traders in trucks or donkey carts.
Prices have increased by up to 400% in certain areas of Kenya, up to 85% in some sections of Somalia, and have doubled in other parts of Ethiopia.
According to UNICEF, the availability of water in the Sahel has decreased by more than 40% in the previous 20 years as a result of climate change and other variables like conflict.