IOM Somalia Humanitarian Response Update #2
The month of April saw slow start to the rains in parts of the country. Flash floods were reported in Bari, Nugaal, Mudug and Bay regions by the end of April according to Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM). Overall, nearly 36,066 cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/Cholera and 697 related deaths have been recorded since the start of 2017. AWD/Cholera case fatality rates are higher in areas that are not accessible compared to accessible areas. Most of the inaccessible areas are in South West State, as well as Middle Juba and Gedo regions of Jubaland. UNICEF estimates that 1.4 million children in Somalia are or will be acutely malnourished, and over 275,000 have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in 2017.
Massive drought-related displacement continues across Somalia. Between November 2016 and April 2017, nearly 746,996 drought-related displacements were recorded according to data consolidated by IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). Approximately 75,366 individuals were displaced during the month of April alone.
Food, water, and shelter are the priority concerns. In addition, the DTM Population Movement Tracking Assessments found a significant (138%) increase in the number of persons entering Somalia from the Ceel Waaq, Doolow and Belet Xaawo border points between March and April, and a 33% decrease in exits.
Humanitarian partners are scaling up assistance to mitigate the impact of the drought and avert a possible famine, but further scaleup is urgently required across all clusters and additional resources are needed to enable these interventions.
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