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21 Feb 2017 description

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are deeply concerned about the impact of the recent and persistent drought in Somalia. The latest extreme drought that hit Somalia during the ‘Deyr’ rainfall season in the last quarter of 2016 came after an already poor ‘Gu’ season from March to May.

27 Oct 2015 description


El Niño is a periodic climate phenomenon defined by anomalously warm sea surface temperatures in the eastern and central tropical Pacific Ocean which affect local weather worldwide and generally leads to increased drought risk at global level.

20 Mar 2013 description

Monthly Rainfall and NDVI, Issued March 19th, 2013


During the month of February 2013, the harsh Jilaal dry season (January – March) continued to prevail throughout the country, marked by dry weather conditions with strong winds and high evaporation rates. No rainfall was recorded in all the rain-gauge stations nationwide. This continued dryness is further confirmed by the field reports, which also indicated light showers in Janale district in the Lower Shabelle region.

06 Feb 2013 description


Rainfall Deyr 2012 rains started as early as in the third dekad of September in most of central and southern regions. The rains advanced to the rest of the areas in October. FSNAU field reports indicated average to above average rains in all livelihoods of Bari, Hiran, Middle Shabelle, Bay and Bakool. Nevertheless, depressed rains were reported in north of Gedo, coastal areas of Lower Shabelle and Lower Juba and parts of Guban, Sool plateau and Nugal valley livelihoods.

18 Oct 2012 description

Deyr rains began early (September) in most parts of Somalia. Some areas like Jowhar and Beletweyn experienced floods. In Beletweyn, two-days of precipitation (188mm) led to heavy floods that inundated significant parts of the town and its environs causing distraction of houses, irrigation infrastructure and crop loss.
In South-Central, the highest levels of rainfall according to the data from raingauge stations include: Galkayo (26mm) in Mudug region;
Beletweyn (206mm) and Jowhar (34mm). Light showers of below 30mm were recorded in Baidoa, Dinsor, Buloburti, and Jamame stations.

24 Sep 2012 description

August 2012 rains were generally confined to northern regions (Karan) and the coastal areas of Juba and Shabelle regions (Haggaa) in the south. Rain gauge stations (Map 1 and Table 1) recorded above average rains in Borama (199mm), Qulenjeed (112mm), Wajaale (101mm) , Odweyne (68mm) Burao (54mm), Hargeisa (60mm), and Gebiley (122mm); light showers were recorded in Jammame (26mm) and Jowhar (11mm). According to field reports, Hargeisa and the surrounding areas experienced torrential rains with strong winds and thunderstorms leading to flash floods in some isolated areas.

17 Jul 2012 description


The month of June 2012 was generally dry in most parts of Somalia with the exception of Northwest (Awdal, W. Galbeed, Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag), Bari region in northeast and the coastal areas of Shabelle and Juba regions which received light to moderate rains. Above average rains were recorded in Odweyne, Wajaale, Elafweyn, Qardo and Iskushuban with 33 mm, 31 mm, 27 mm, 32 mm and 22 mm of rains respectively (Table 1). In the Southern parts below average rains of 9 mm and 20mm were recorded in Jowhar and Jamamme stations respectively.

13 Jul 2012 description


  • Rainfall analysis
  • Rainfall & vegetation analysis
  • Vegetation analysis
  • Current season & projections
  • Somalia
  • Terms of trade
  • South Sudan
  • General food security condition
  • Technical note
29 Mar 2012 description

Nutrition Situation Overview. As significant scale-up of emergency response since September/October 2011, in combination with the off season harvest and the Deyr (October-December) 2011 harvest has had a considerable impact on improving food access, acute malnutrition, and mortality levels in the southern Somali population.

As a result, famine outcomes characterized by evidence of of all three of the following outcomes, based on the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) version 2.0, are no longer existent in Southern Somalia: