Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia January 2016 | Issued on 26 January 2016

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 26 Jan 2016


  • Drought affects thousands in Puntland and Somaliland

  • Partners respond to AWD/cholera in Baidoa and Kismayo

  • Access and bureaucratic impediments persisted in 2015.


No. of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis 7 1m

No. of people in food security stress 3.9m

No. of acutely malnourished children under age 5 : 308,000 Source: (July-December 2015 projection)

No. of internally displaced people 1.1m

No. of Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa and Yemen 1.2m Source: UNHCR

Humanitarian Appeal


863 million requested for 2015 (US$)

43% (374 million)

$605 million Total humanitarian funding received for Somalia (reflects reported funding on FTS as of 26 January 2016)

Drought in Puntland, Somaliland

Acute water and pasture shortage affect thousands of people and livestock

Nearly 380,000 people face acute water and pasture shortage in drought-affected parts of Bari, Nugaal, Sanaag and Sool in Puntland as well as in Awdal, Togdheer and Waqooyi Galbeed regions of Somaliland. In Puntland, erratic rainfall for two successive seasons including the Deyr 2015 rains have exacerbated the humanitarian situation.

Dangorayo and Garowe and parts of Badhan, Dhahar, Eyl, Qardho, eastern Taleex/Xudun, and districts of Bari, Nugaal and Sanaag and Sool regions are among the most affected.

An estimated 220,000 people are affected by drought in Puntland, according to the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Agency (HADMA) and humanitarian partners. Authorities in Puntland issued an appeal on 21 January 2016 to assist the drought-affected people in the region. An estimated 65 per cent of Puntland face drought conditions, according to an interagency assesment conducted jointly with local authorities and FAO - Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU).
Reports indicate that some people in the affected regions have been forced to migrate with their livestock to Hawd livelihood zone, which received considerably good amount of rainfall. In Somaliland, post Gu 2015 assessments by the FSNAU in August 2015 revealed that some 162,000, people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The humanitarian response is ongoing in drought-affected areas. In Somaliland, partners have trucked some 27,700 barrels of water to 21 villages in Bulahar and Darasalam districts. They have also distributed 500 jerricans, constructed nine Berkads and dug six shallow wells. Seven boreholes and 21 shallow wells were also rehabilitated in Gabiley, Gedbalaadh, Warabacad and Zeila districts. An estimated 120,000 people have received food assistance.

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