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10 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • UNICEF projects that the number of children who are or will be acutely malnourished has gone up by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year to 1.4 million, including over 275,000 who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in 2017.

  • An estimated 680,000 people have been displaced due to drought since November 2016. Approximately 7,000 people have crossed into neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya.

10 May 2017 description

Key Figures

  • 185 IDP sites around Baidoa, of which 105 new in 2017

  • 169,000 displaced individuals* of who 134,000 new in 2017

  • 28,000 IDP households* of which 22,000 new in 2017

  • 85% of new displacements are from the Bay region

10 May 2017 description

Key Figures

683,000 drought displacements since November 2016

39,000 arrivals to Mogadishu 1 - 30 April 2017

55,000 arrivals to Baidoa 1 - 30 April 2017

131,000 drought-displaced during 1 - 30 April 2017

09 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Projected late-2017 El Niño climatic event could affect food security in the Horn of Africa

  • UNICEF increases Somalia malnutrition projection to 1.4 million children impacted by late 2017

  • Donors fund 76 percent of Somalia Operational Plan for Famine Prevention

  • Relief actors detect fall armyworm infestation in Ethiopia and Kenya

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) estimates that the number of drought affected people will reach 7.6 million, an increase by 2 million from the number of 5.6 million beneficiaries estimated in the January 2017 HRD.

09 May 2017 description

In a crisis, the most effective way to distribute relief is to give families cash so they can then spend, as best suits their needs. Research shows that cash assistance can often provide more emergency relief for fewer funds. In the present hunger crisis in parts of Africa and Yemen, cash assistance is saving lives on a daily basis.

09 May 2017 description

Light to moderate rains continued to be received in a few places across the country in the last two days. The rains are expected to continue in most parts of the country in the next seven days. The rainfall forecast for the coming week (Map 2), indicates moderate to heavy rains in Somaliland and Puntland. Light to moderate rains are foreseen in the southern parts while central regions are expected to remain dry during the same period. The Ethiopian highlands are also expected to continue receiving rains during the same period.

09 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY MESSAGES

• In view of the growing humanitarian needs, World Vision is scaling up its response scope to save lives and prevent people from slipping into famine in the coming months. The appeal has been revised upwards to 37 million targeting over 1 million people.

09 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• The persistent drought in the lowland areas of Ethiopia has increased the vulnerability of the population prompting the government to revise the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 million.

• In view of the growing humanitarian needs in Somalia, World Vision now seeks 37 million US dollars to urgently reach over 1 million people with life saving humanitarian assistance. Consequently, World Vision has amended its appeal for the regional crisis from 92 million to 110 million US dollars.

09 May 2017 description

Chronic conflict is preventing effective response to Somalia’s prolonged drought and humanitarian crisis. This special briefing, the third in a series of four examining the famine threats there and in Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria, urges Somalia to improve governance and promote countrywide clan reconciliation to end the war.

I. Overview

09 May 2017 description

The humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating and there is renewed risk of famine in 2017, only six years after a devastating famine in 2011 led to the death of more than a quarter million people, half of the children. Over 6.2 million people are estimated to be in need of assistance, more than half of the population of Somalia. Disease outbreaks are affecting most of the country and more than 620,000 people have been displaced from their homes due to drought since November 2016, including 5,000 who have crossed into neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya.

09 May 2017 description

Over 2.9 million people in Somalia face crisis or emergency level acute food insecurity and need emergency food aid, as a result of below average to failed rains in many areas in 2016 that reduced crop production and harmed livestock. In the current April-June rainy season little to no rainfall occurred across much of Somalia in April, but rain has begun and is forecasted in May. Lack of potable water has accelerated an acute watery diarrhea/cholera outbreak with an estimated 32,000 cases reported since the beginning of the year.

08 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • A total of 3,475 AWD/ cholera cases and 43 deaths (CFR– 1.2%) were reported during week 17 (24– 30 April 2017) in 50 districts in 13 regions. Of these, cases were reported from Buhodle district, Togdheer region, which represents 26% of the total cases.

  • There is a slight increase in the number of new AWD/ cholera cases and deaths reported – 3475 cases/ 43 deaths were recorded in week 17 compared to 3356 cases/ 60 deaths in week 16.

08 May 2017 description

20 million people at risk of famine, an additional 10 million threatened by famine in the coming months

80% rely on agriculture for their livelihood

USD 218 million funding gap

The world faces one of the largest food crises in 70 years, with 20 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — at risk of famine. If no action is taken, an additional 10 million will be threatened by famine.

07 May 2017 description

The humanitarian situation in Somalia has rapidly deteriorated in 2017. Over 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 600,000 have been newly displaced since November 2016. Humanitarian partners have significantly scaled up humanitarian assistance, but joint efforts need to be sustained to avert famine in the worst drought-affected areas.

07 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Japan Ambassador to Kenya visited Dadaab to support the youth

  • On 24th April, the Japan Ambassador to Kenya, HE Toshitsugu Uesawa, visited Dadaab Refugee Camps and donated footballs, uniforms and pumps to youth teams as part of the “Sports for Tomorrow” initiative announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2013.

06 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

5 May 2017 – Somalia is suffering from the largest cholera outbreak in the past five years and the number of people killed is expected to double by the end of June, the United Nations health agency.

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported close to 32,000 cases of cholera, including 618 deaths, since the beginning of the year.

05 May 2017 description

Mogadishu, 5 May 2017 – The deteriorating drought situation in Somalia has forced hundreds of families to abandon their homes in search of food and water in major towns.

However, some of the drought victims have adopted ways to beat the worst drought to ever face the Horn of Africa country in the last five years to supplement assistance received from aid agencies.