Nairobi, 2 December 2016 — The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, today made an urgent appeal for humanitarian assistance amid worsening drought conditions that have left hundreds of thousands of Somalis facing severe food and water shortages. He made the call during a briefing with the international community in Nairobi, highlighting the urgency of responding to the drought situation in Somalia. “Drought in Puntland and Somaliland has deepened and spread to southern and central regions of the country as well.
Mogadishu, 20 September 2016 — Five million Somalis – more than 40 per cent of the country’s population – do not have sufficient food, according to a new assessment report released today in Mogadishu. This includes over 300,000 children under five who are acutely malnourished, including more than 50,000 children who are severely malnourished and more vulnerable than any other group.
Mogadishu, 9 September 2016 — The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, released US$7 million on 26 August from the multi-donor Somalia Humanitarian Fund to scale up lifesaving and life sustaining assistance to strengthen protection services to internally displaced persons in Mogadishu.
The Gu rains from April to June 2016 provided some relief and reduced the impact of the drought in parts of Puntland and Somaliland. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) managed Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) Awdal, Woqooyi Galbeed and Toghdeer regions received near average to above average rainfall compared to the long term mean for the period. Recovery from the drought nevertheless remains very slow. The remaining parts of Somaliland, and most areas in Puntland recorded below average rains that were sporadic and ended prematurely.
(Mogadishu, 11 May 2016) - The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq, has witnessed first-hand the impact of the devastating drought in parts of Puntland and Somaliland during his recent visits and has called for urgent action to avert a deterioration of the situation.