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21 Apr 2017 description

Rainfall remains well below-average during peak rainy season in the Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Light, uneven rainfall since late February has resulted in moderate to locally strong moisture deficits in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

21 Apr 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

GFDRR supports governments in designing financial protection strategies and instruments to respond to natural disasters. The Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) leads the dialogue on financial resilience as a component of the World Bank’s support to countries in better managing disasters and climate shocks. The initiative connects financial expertise with risk management across many sectors, bringing countries comprehensive solutions and helping them to become more effective in managing their own risk.

20 Apr 2017 description

Lodwar/Nairobi April 19, 2017: HelpAge International has began providing assistance to vulnerable older people and their families most affected by the devastating drought in Kenya’s Turkana County.

Described as the worst in decades, assessments by HelpAge and its partners found that water purification and livestock feed are needed urgently, and HelpAge will be providing cash assistance to households that include older people.

20 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8,034 returnees returned to Somalia

  • 2,831 core relief items distributed

  • 1,035 newly enrolled students

  • 7,930 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

  • 74 shelters and 32 latrines constructed

  • 2,222 beneficiaries enrolled in community based projects

UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS

Operational context

19 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

The current food and nutrition insecurity in the semi-arid counties has been mainly caused by the severe agriculture production shortfall resulting from the poor rainfall during the 2016 short rains season (the major agricultural season in these counties). This situation is being exacerbated by the ongoing below-normal rainfall (long rains season).

19 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

The current drought in Kenya was declared a national disaster by the Government on 10 February 2017. Some 2.6 million people in the arid and semi-arid lands are now experiencing acute food insecurity, up from 1.3 million in August 2016, and the nutrition situation is continuing to deteriorate.

19 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP urgently needs a total of USD 378.7 million for operations in Somalia (USD 242.1 million), Kenya (USD 43.8 million) and Ethiopia (USD 92.8 million) from April to September for the drought response.

  • Nutrition screening results indicate a deterioration in the situation across the region.

  • In Somalia, WFP has increased the number of beneficiaries reached by 400 percent since January, with 1.67 million people assisted in March.

Situation Update

18 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

The current drought continues to affect the education sector across the arid counties. Firstterm enrolment in sampled schools in Wajir County remains 20 to 30 percent less than for the same period in 2016. This decrease is attributed in part to migration due to drought as well as inadequate regular school feeding. Pre-primary and lower primary children are most affected. School attendance is inconsistent and the rate of transition of children from early childhood development centres to primary schools is much lower than in 2016.

18 Apr 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Tens of thousands of pastoralists fled from Turkana in Kenya to Uganda last week to escape the drought. It is the latest blow for the parched region for which politicians once made rash promises of rapid modernization.

As many as 10,000 Kenyan pastoralists have crossed the border from Turkana in Kenya to Uganda in search of pasture and water for their cattle.

Josephat Nanok, governor of Kenya's Turkana County, confirmed their departure and urged Uganda to accommodate them, The Monitor in Kampala reported.

18 Apr 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ROBERT SHAW

There is a bigger national food crunch than was projected or anticipated due to drought and the armyworm invasion.

This is already being reflected in the upward surge of prices of many basic foods.

In turn it is going to force us to take a longer and harder look at our overall food sufficiency situation and how potentially vulnerable we are.

It is important to emphasize the holistic nature of the food crunch.

15 Apr 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Kakuma was once a sleepy, remote region of Kenya. Now it is home to the country's second-largest refugee camp. There appears to be no end in sight to the stream of people escaping war-torn South Sudan.

The fire crackled all night long. Alice Maraka and her family had covered large distances on foot to comb the drought-stricken area for wood they could make into charcoal. When the coal is cool enough to handle, Alice heads to the United Nations refugee camp in Kakuma, where she trades it for food. A bowl of coal fetches two portions of millet or beans.

14 Apr 2017 description

Dryness remains in the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and degraded ground conditions. However, above-average rainfall since March has helped to alleviate seasonal dryness.

  2. Despite an increase in moisture following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, long- term moisture deficits remain due to very poor rains earlier in the season throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

13 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

• Since the declaration of the drought emergency by the Government of Kenya in February, humanitarian partners are working together with national authorities to scale up response activities targeting vulnerable people and families in the counties most affected by the drought.

• Over 1, 2 million people were reached in March through WFP, and Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) food and cash programmes.

13 Apr 2017 description

Feature

Horn of Africa

Affected areas Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan

Cause of displacement Disaster (Drought, food insecurity and conflict)

Figures More than 464,000 new displacements between 1 November 2016 and 24 March 2017

13 Apr 2017 description

The 4-year-old boy went from mildly ill to dead in less than 12 hours. The village residents nod knowingly of the cause: There is no food in this isolated community on the Kenyan coast, and the only well pumps salty water.

The village teacher can see malnutrition's thinning effects on her students. Rosemary Siekisa tests their body fat levels and recently found seven children dangerously malnourished. Some of her students go days without food, she said. Water spiced with a pinch of salt sometimes serves as a meal.

11 Apr 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.