The drought has led to loss of livestock out-migration, a sharp fall in crop production resulting in higher food prices, severe water shortages, rising household debt and increases in disease outbreaks and malnutrition.

Save the Children is providing emergency medical care to malnourished children in self-declared Somaliland's Borama Hospital, where it runs a stabilisation centre. Rates of acute malnutrition have doubled in Borama, 120 km west of the capital Hargeisa, as a result of the drought.