GENEVA, Switzerland, March 3 (UPI) -- Pervasive drought is pushing a vulnerable Somali population closer to Mogadishu were ongoing conflict rages, a U.N. official said.
Shamsul Bari, a U.N. human rights expert on Somalia, called on the international community to take "immediate and concerted" action to address a humanitarian crisis unfolding in the war-torn country.
"I learned from local authorities and civil society from the various parts of Somalia that the drought affected population has sought assistance closer to urban areas, such as Mogadishu, where the ongoing fighting presents increased risk for the civilian population," he said in a statement from Geneva.
Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaida affiliate waging war against the interim government in Somalia, claimed responsibility for a February suicide attack at a police station that killed 10 people, including civilians and high-ranking police officials.
"Insecurity is now the main reason for new displacement of people currently affected by the ongoing severe drought in Somalia, including lack of access to food and clean drinking water," added Bari.
Somalia hasn't had a functioning central government in decades and the transitional government controls only a tiny section of Mogadishu.
The mandate for the transitional government expires in August.