The United Nations has launched a drought operations coordination centre in the Somali city of Baidoa. This, in a bid to promote the effective and timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to the south western region of the country. According to the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Vincent Lelei the humanitarian crisis in South West state had become the worst in the whole country. Lelei says some 2,000 people in the region were suffering from cholera and many children are malnourished. Latest statistics indicate that about 6.2 million people - half the total population in Somalia - are in need of humanitarian aid. Among them are three million people facing crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity.