• Famine has been declared in Lower Shabelle and parts of Bakool in southern Somalia.
• Other southern regions may also be affected in the coming two months.
• Tens of thousands of people have died and many more lives are at risk.
• 3.7 million people, more than half the population, require humanitarian assistance – a 35% increase from 2.4 million in the beginning of the year.
• Cereal prices are at an all‐time high, with the cost of some commodities up by 270% in some areas in the south.