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260,000 died in Somali famine: Report

Officials in East Africa say a report to be released this week estimates that 260,000 people died in Somalia`s 2011 famine, more than double previous estimates.



Nairobi: Officials in East Africa say a report to be released this week estimates that 260,000 people died in Somalia`s 2011 famine, more than double previous estimates.

The report by two US government-funded famine and food agencies gives the highest toll from Somalia`s 2011 famine.
One previous estimate said between 50,000 and 100,000 people died. A Western official briefed on the report told The Associated Press that it says 260,000 people died, and that half the victims were 5 and under.
Two other international officials briefed on the report confirmed that the toll`s report was in the quarter-million range. All three insisted they not be identified because they were not authorized to share the report`s contents before it is officially released.

PTI

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