UN humanitarians have warned that five million displaced people across eastern Africa will fall deeper into hunger as food rations dwindle due to humanitarian resources being stretched to the limit.

The humanitarians warned that the population will experience hunger due to shortage of food supplies as the world grapples with a toxic cocktail of conflict, climate shocks, and COVID-19.

For instance, food insecurity is likely to rise by seven per cent across South Sudan in the coming months, compared to 2021, according to a new UN report on food security, issued.

The report, however, led the humanitarians to renew their call for more humanitarian and livelihoods assistance to stave off looming hunger and enhance resilience.

UN World Food Programme and UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR in a statement jointly issued called for greater humanitarian assistance and livelihoods support for the affected population.