Famine will occur in parts of Somalia between October and December, the United Nations warned on Monday, as a drought worsens and global food prices hover near record highs.
"Famine is at the door," UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said at a news conference in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.
The UN humanitarian chief explained he had concrete indications that famine would occur by autumn in parts of south central Somalia.
The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years, and experts say the region is on track for a fifth consecutive failed rainy season.
Griffiths said the current "situations and trends" resembled those of 2010 and 2011, but that it was "worse" now, due to four failed rainy seasons and decades of conflicts.
In 2011 the country experienced a famine that claimed more than a quarter of a million lives, most of them children.