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20 Oct 2017 description

19 October 2017, Cairo, Egypt -- Trauma care medicines and surgical supplies have been dispatched from WHO’s regional operations hub in Dubai to Somalia to support the provision of surgical care to patients injured in the recent attacks in Mogadishu. Weighing a total of 5.5 tonnes, the three trauma A kits (including three supporting trauma B kits), contain enough medicines, medical supplies and surgical instruments for 300 surgical interventions.

20 Oct 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to be precarious despite a slight reduction of the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance – from 6.7 million to 6.2 million. The recent FAO-managed FSNAU assessments show that the threat of localized famine is as relevant today as it was in the first months of the crisis. Malnutrition, one of the leading indicators of the crisis, has reached emergency levels in a number of locations in southern and central Somalia, primarily among displaced populations.

19 Oct 2017 description

6th October, 2017: Cash programming has become a significant part of the current drought response in Somalia. Conditional and unconditional cash grants or vouchers, that are either restricted or unrestricted, are being used by a large variety of partners for food or multi-purpose transfers to affected people. In the month of May 2017 alone, more than USD 48 million was channelled through cash programming reaching more than 3 million people.

19 Oct 2017 description


  • Sustained humanitarian assistance is critical in averting famine, as forecasts point to a below- average Deyr (October- December) rainy season that will further worsen the food security situation

  • WFP requires USD 239 million in order to continue providing relief assistance and lifesaving nutrition services to the most vulnerable people in drought affected areas for the next six months (October 2017-March 2018)

Operational Updates

19 Oct 2017 description

Deadly attack in busy commercial area kills over 300 people, injures hundreds of others.

By UNHCR staff |19 October 2017

MOGADISHU, Somalia - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has handed over relief supplies to local authorities in Mogadishu to support the survivors of Saturday’s massive truck bombing.

The deadly attack which took place in a busy commercial area in the city, killed over 300 people and injured hundreds of civilians, leaving enormous destruction in its wake. More than 200 people are still missing.

19 Oct 2017 description

Brussels/Mogadishu, 19 October 2017- The European Commission has announced initial emergency aid of €100 000 to help respond to rapidly increasing medical needs in Mogadishu following the attack on 14 October.

19 Oct 2017 description


3.1 million people experiencing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity

1.26 million acutely malnourished children in 2017 916 000 people internally displaced due to drought & conflict in 2017

Over 875 000 Somali refugees in neighbouring countries (sources: FEWS NET, FSNAU, UNHCR,

EU humanitarian funding: €119 million in 2017


19 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

LONDON — Every month, Fatma Ahmed sends $200 of the earnings she makes in London to her family in Somalia.

"It's for daily life. For rent, for buying grocery things, to live over there. Because actually in Somalia, that much we do not have," she said.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Italy

“I have arranged through the Italian Cooperation Service for the emergency funding of 300,000 euros to the Federation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (FICROSS) to at least partly alleviate the tragic consequences of the terrorist attack in Mogadishu a few days ago” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano.

18 Oct 2017 description

Severe drought and food insecurity continues across the country with around 6.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance according to monitoring agencies.

Projected outcomes of Deyr rainfall and warmer temperatures could increase displacements and vulnerability of displaced persons.

Working with Partners

  • As part of the UN integrated mission to Somalia, UNHCR maintains close collaboration with UN agencies, national and international NGOs.

18 Oct 2017 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 33 of Security Council resolution 2316 (2016), in which the Council requested an annual report on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia.

18 Oct 2017 description

Following the massive bomb explosion in Mogadishu on 14 October, the Federal Government of Somalia, humanitarian organizations, the UN, NGOs, donors, the private sector, member states and civil society organizations are stepping up search and rescue efforts, including providing urgent life-saving assistance through the government-led emergency response center. Assistance provided so far include earthmoving and fire equipment, ambulances, cash, medical and food supplies and tents.

18 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu, 18 October 2017 - The United Nations has mobilized its staff members and resources in response to appeals from federal and government authorities to aid Somalis affected by last Saturday’s bomb blasts in the capital Mogadishu.

18 Oct 2017 description

by Reuters Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:12 GMT

Ambulances break down, hospitals short of blood, communications jam.

  • More than 300 killed in worst bombing in Somalia's history

  • Country mired in conflict and clan warfare, lacks basic services

  • Military checkpoints often barred route for ambulances

  • Turkey, Qatar among those providing assistance

By Abdi Sheikh

18 Oct 2017 description

The three days cumulated rainfall forecast is pointing (Map 1) towards light to moderate rains in central and southern regions of the country as well as the Ethiopian highlands and this is expected to increase in quantity and space as the week progresses, given the one week forecast (Map 2).

The western parts of Somaliland and southern parts of Somalia including Lower Juba, Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle will remain dry during the forecast period.

River levels in the middle reach of Shabelle are currently high with a high risk of flooding in Jowhar and the environs.