NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The World Food Program is sending 800 metric tons of high energy biscuits to East Africa to help fight the famine in Somalia. The U.N. food agency said Tuesday that the series of nine airlifts will be enough to feed 1.6 million people for a day. The biscuits are being delivered to Kenya for onward delivery throughout the Horn of Africa. More than 12 million people are suffering from the effects of drought in East Africa. The U.S. on Monday announced an additional $105 million in aid for famine relief efforts. The top U.S. aid official said during a trip to a refugee camp in Kenya that models show that hundreds of thousands of Somali children could die in the famine if there is not a strong aid response.

 The drought situation is severe in the Horn of Africa, and humanitarian interventions are urgently needed. High levels of vulnerability due to chronic poverty, changes in livelihoods, increased populations and conflict have left millions of people vulnerable during this long period of drought. Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies urgently need help to continue and scale up their response. To find out the latest information on Red Cross Red Crescent appeals for the Horn of Africa please visit:

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