Drought-hit Somalia moving closer to famine, says aid group

The international aid group Save the Children says life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia.

The group's new survey found "very critical" levels of severe malnutrition in two of six districts assessed in some of the worst affected parts of Somalia.

Hassan Saadi Noor, Save the Children's Somalia country director, said he fears seeing children dying in significant numbers. He said Somalia is on the brink of a massive catastrophe with the death of three quarters of the country's livestock, a rapid increase of children suffering severe malnutrition and the depletion of water stores in dozens of communities.

The study said less than 10 percent of children in Somalia are currently registered in a nutrition program.