Somalia: Humanitarian Dashboard (August 2012) -Info graphic
Recent food security and nutrition assessments indicate continued improvements in food security around Somalia. During 2011, famine affected over 4 million people, more than half of the population of Somalia. However, assessment reports by Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU), estimate that 2.12 million people will remain in acute food security crisis for the August to December 2012 period, a 16 percent reduction from the beginning of the year. The improved situation is attributed to sustained humanitarian interventions over the last twelve months, improved food stocks at the household and market levels following an exceptional Deyr harvest, improved milk availability and higher livestock prices in most pastoral areas. Despite these improvements, humanitarian assistance remains necessary between now and December to help food insecure populations meet immediate food needs, protect livelihoods, and build resilience.
During the month of August, rains were generally confined to northern regions of Awdal as well as the coastal areas of Juba and Shabelle regions. Field reports indicate that Hargeisa and the surrounding regions experienced torrential rains with strong winds and thunderstorms leading to flash floods in some isolated areas. It is expected that these rains will bring some relief to the coastal areas of Awdal and Waqooyi-Galbeed regions which had shown signs of deteriotation due to prolonged periods of drought. Figure 1 shows the perfomance of rainfall and vegetation (NDVI) for Zeylac district in Awdal that is already showing signs of pasture improvement.
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