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31 Dec 2006 description

OVERVIEW

The current situation in Somalia, with the recent flooding in parts and the displacement as a result of the current conflict, is likely to have a negative impact on the nutritional status of the vulnerable groups.

31 Dec 2006 description

I. HUMANITARIAN SITUATION

Above normal Deyr (Oct-Nov) rains were reported in most parts of the country resulting in improved livelihoods of the rural communities through increased availability of water and pasture. Improved livestock conditions combined with Haj 1season led to improved livestock prices, which in turn is enhancing purchasing power. Milk availability was reportedly high in most parts of the country, which is supposed to have positive impact on nutrition of children.

31 Dec 2006 description
report Government of Kenya

Situation Overview

The short rains which started in the month of October continued into the month of December. The intensity and distribution was heavy and well distributed to all the parts of the district. Due to heavy rains, most of the roads leading to the interior parts of the district remained inaccessible and the river caused devastating floods. Garissa meteorological station recorded 77.3mm. rainfall

There was tremendous improvement in the quality of pasture and browse throughout the district. This was due to the above average rainfall received in the entire district.

31 Dec 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund

Political and security  developments

Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces with support from Ethiopian troops took over Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, the main southern port-town of Kismayo other locations in Central/Southern Somalia.

The two towns had previously been under the control of militia allied to the Council of Somali Islamic Courts (COSIC). The conflict has since resulted in attacks being launched by US forces on suspected terrorists in Somalia.

31 Dec 2006 description
report Oxfam

Foreward

From the earliest reports of the terrible devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami on 26 December 2004, it was clear to humanitarian organizations like Oxfam that we would be required to provide emergency response and reconstruction on an unprecedented scale.

The total death toll of 230,000 people told only part of the story. Nearly two million people were forced from their homes. Millions, too, saw their livelihoods wiped out or threatened. Many of those affected were already living in poverty.

31 Dec 2006 description
report Cruz Roja Española

Los desastres...

Han pasado 24 meses desde que el 26 de diciembre de 2004 un terremoto de 9 grados en la escala Richter golpeara la costas de Sumatra (Indonesia) provocando una serie de tsunamis que barrieron las poblaciones costeras del Océano Índico, de Indonesia a Somalia. Salvo algunas excepciones no hubo sistemas de alerta temprana y las comunidades no contaban con mecanismos de preparación frente a desastres.

31 Dec 2006 description

This report was written in cooperation with the UN Agencies in Somalia

HIGHLIGHTS

Due to a combination of flooding and conflict, the humanitarian situation in south/central Somalia suffered an immediate deterioration in the last three months. At the same time, access to populations in need became increasingly difficult due to logistical and security constraints.

31 Dec 2006 description

"The situation i Somalia is unpredictable. Although the interim government with the support of the Ethiopian government troops advances and controls important Somali cities, it is highly uncertain how and when the Islamic Courts Union troops will resist", says Norwegian Church Aid's Kari =D8yen.

As fighting in Somalia intensifies, ACT member Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is mobilising staff and resources to respond to the displacement of people in the Gedo region. NCA is the only ACT member and international aid agency present in Gedo region.

31 Dec 2006 description

Highlights

A number of airfields have reopened after a week of suspension due to fighting

WHO is stepping up support to health facilities with war victims

Cases of acute watery diarrhoea in Kismayo have decreased with only three new cases reported per day.

Continued monitoring of Rift valley fever though rumors of reported cases were not accurate.

Security

The situation in Mogadishu is still tense with reported lootings and killings according to various reports

Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamad Gedi declared on 30 December 2006 that parliament would introduce a …

31 Dec 2006 description

Preface

The purpose of this technical document is to provide health professionals in United Nations agencies, nongovernmental organizations, donor agencies and local authorities with up-to-date technical guidance on the major communicable disease threats faced by flood-affected populations.

The endemic and epidemic-prone diseases outlined have been selected on the basis of the burden of morbidity and mortality in the region, as previously documented by WHO.

31 Dec 2006 description

Note: Map production date estimated.

31 Dec 2006 description
map UNOSAT

Thousands of civilians flee from Jilib - Ethiopian & TFG forces begin offensive against UIC positions in Jilib 5pm local time (31 December 2006)

30 Dec 2006 description

Geneva, December 30, 2006 - As fighting in Somalia intensifies, ACT member Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is mobilising staff and resources to respond to the displacement of people in the Gedo region.

29 Dec 2006 description

Action Against Hunger continues its humanitarian programmes in Wajid (south Bakool) and the capital Mogadishu despite the continuing insecurity in Somalia, and highlights the extreme vulnerability of the Somali population.

Extreme vulnerability and humanitarian needs

Beyond climatic hazards (drought, floods...), insecurity and the absence of public services, the already precarious humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating.

29 Dec 2006 description

Over the past week, the international humanitarian organisation MSF has treated approximately 250 people wounded during the ongoing fighting in Somalia.

29 Dec 2006 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

Heavy fighting has abated following the quick advance of Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Ethiopian troops through south and central Somalia towards Mogadishu. Hostilities intensified on December 24, when Ethiopia launched an air campaign against strategic locations inside Somalia controlled by the Council of Islamic Courts (CIC).

29 Dec 2006 description

General situation

After suffering more than 15 years of conflict and a succession of natural disasters, including a severe drought and devastating floods in 2006, the people of central and southern Somalia have in the past 10 days witnessed the heaviest fighting in a decade.