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Water delivery starts in Mogadishu

Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, September 2, 2011

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Although the crisis in Africa's Horn has fallen off the front pages, the situation "continues to deteriorate," according to the latest UN report. Cholera, measles and malaria are on the rise. Food prices have shot up, livestock are withering, and water is scarce.

Here's the latest update on our lifesaving response:

Somalia: Today we made the first of daily deliveries of clean drinking water to a displacement camp in Mogadishu. It's home to tens of thousands of people who've flocked to Somalia's capital seeking refuge from the drought.

Ethiopia: Seven mobile health teams in the hard-hit Somali region continue to provide vaccinations, medical check-ups and fortified food to pregnant women and children under five. We're also trucking water to remote communities along the Somalia border, and helping herders sell their weakened animals to meet urgent needs.

Kenya: We're reaching nearly 200,000 with clean drinking water, trucking it to several dozen villages in drought-stricken Wajir County.

Our teams in all three countries are working around the clock to help families survive. Forecasters are now predicting less-than-average rainfall in October, which would only prolong the current crisis -- and the recovery.