23 NGOs working in Somalia have issued a statement calling for urgent aid for Somalia ahead of a key meeting being held in Geneva today by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) as part of its Global Call for Support and Action of El Nino.
The on-going El Nino of -2016 has proven to be one of the worst on record with drought and excessive rainfall affecting over 60 million people worldwide. The effects on the Horn of Africa have been particularly severe overwhelming the capacity of already vulnerable communities to survive.
― October 8th 2015 ― El Niño conditions are expected to severely hit Somalia during this year’s September to December rainy season (Deyr rainfall). This is likely to lead to a wetter than normal season with a very high risk of flooding in parts of the country. Members of the Somalia NGO Consortium have today warned that the effects of the increased rains will further deteriorate an already desperate humanitarian situation in Somalia. Between 500,000 - 900,000 people living alongside the Shabelle and Juba rivers are at risk of being affected by flooding.
September 17, 2015
More than 240,000 people in Somaliland are severely food insecure due to a continuing drought in the region.
Somaliland is currently experiencing an acute drought that has affected more than 240,000 people (40,000 Households) due to the shortfall of the Gu (April-June) rains in 2014 and 2015. The most affected regions are Awdal, Maroodijeeh, and Gebiley, which are traditionally the main food producing regions. Other regions affected include Selel and Sahil.
It took 16 warning for the international community to respond to the last catastrophe; lessons must be learnt from past to avert another crisis in the Horn of Africa.