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- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
- Somalia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Somalia: Drought - 2015-2018
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By - Sadia Abdi Alin -ActionAid Somaliland Country Director
The last time Somalia experienced famine, in 2011, a quarter of a million people died. As the risk of famine looms again, Sadia Abdi Alin, the Country Director of ActionAid Somaliland, the region of Somalia where ActionAid works, blogs about the devastating impact that hunger is having on communities, and how people in the UK can help before it is too late.
In Somalia, 110 people died in two days at the start of March as a result of the ongoing drought, according to the Somali Prime Minister. These deaths should have been entirely preventable. Droughts don’t kill people, droughts don’t have to become a famine or a crisis. What kills people in a drought is a lack of food or water. We can’t make it rain, we can’t change the weather, but we can stop people going hungry and thirsty. It is simply a matter of political will, resources and funding.
12,300 persons of 2015 HHs (5% HH and 5% population) in the LRP villages are affected in worst form and 108133 persons (of 18021 HHs) (40% population) affected severely;
35-40% families are facing acute water crisis for human and livestock consumption. Additional 50% families will no longer have access water from sources in respective village in next 15 days;
By Sarah Carson
ActionAid works with some truly inspiring women who are leading organisations that fight for gender equality. This International Women’s Day, on 8th March, we’re celebrating the incredible work that groups like these do – often on tiny budgets – to protect the rights of women and girls to live a life free from gender-based violence.
Today is International Day for Disaster Reduction, an opportunity to raise awareness of what we can all do to reduce our risk to disasters. With a number of major disasters hitting the headlines – including the drought and food crisis in the Horn of Africa and floods across Asia – the message is more relevant than ever.
A triple crisis
Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.
But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.
In any emergency, be it natural disaster or man-made, long- or short-term, people's lives are turned upside down. Knowing what's happening, where to go for assistance and who to call for help is crucial to their survival and recovery.
As famine is declared in five regions of neighbouring Somalia, ActionAid is working to improve vital communication with drought-affected populations in northern Kenya.
The right information at the right time
Donations from the UK public to the DEC appeal to help people suffering from severe food shortages in East Africa have topped a milestone £20 million.
The worst drought in 60 years in parts of East Africa has devastated cattle and crops creating a humanitarian emergency, with problems expected to be compounded by a poor coming harvest. The situation is getting more desperate by the day and fears are growing, particularly for the situation in south and central Somalia.
As the effects of East Africa’s widespread drought deepen, ActionAid is calling for international donors to increase their emergency response.
“This crisis is already affecting 10 million people, and it is still nowhere near its peak,” said Evelyn Samba, Head of Programmes for ActionAid Kenya.
“The situation continues to deteriorate and through August, September and October, the crisis is likely to escalate. The international community must commit to a major humanitarian relief programme across the region to avoid this crisis tipping over into a famine situation.”
Member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee are preparing to scale up the work they are already doing in Somalia, as thousands continue to flee to Kenya and Ethiopia to escape drought and conflict.
Nine of the 14 agencies that make up the DEC are working in the Somalia directly or through partners. The existing humanitarian crisis in the country caused by the conflict has been compounded by the severe drought affecting the region.
ActionAid has launched a £1.5 million appeal to urgently step up its work in drought-affected East Africa.
The severe drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti has left an estimated 10m people on the brink of starvation with some areas experiencing the driest conditions in 60 years.
ActionAid has been responding to the crisis for several months and has already helped more than 194,000 people with emergency food supplies, water and income generating schemes.
According to the World Food Programme, there are 40 million people in the East and Horn of Africa who are desperately in need of food and there are reports of deaths due to starvation.
East Africa is experiencing serious food shortages triggered by the failure of seasonal rains. Communities have lost their harvests resulting in at least 7 million people facing hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland.
East Africa is experiencing serious food shortages triggered by the failure of seasonal rains.
Millions of people across the Horn of Africa are facing starvation and the situation could become catastrophic unless urgent action is taken.
A combination of drought, failed harvests and the continued rise in global food prices has left at least 7 million people facing hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland.
With millions facing hunger and destitution, ActionAid is warning that the region is now reaching a tipping point with increasing numbers of people unable to cope.
In Ethiopia, the government estimates that 4.6 million people need emergency food aid.
Time is running out for the Horn of Africa, hit by the combined impact of failed harvests and global increases in the price of food.
With millions facing hunger and destitution, ActionAid is warning that the region is now reaching a tipping point with increasing numbers of people unable to cope. Altogether five countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti- are affected. If nothing is done, the situation could easily become catastrophic.
In Ethiopia, the government estimates that 4.6 million people need emergency food aid.
ActionAid is responding to the floods hitting the Horn of Africa prioritising Garissa and Ijara districts in north eastern Kenya as heavy rains continue. Tarpaulins, blankets, jerry cans, water treatment tablets, utensils and transport are being provided to some of the 300,000 people who have been displaced from their homes.
Floods in the Horn of Africa have driven thousands of people from their homes - affecting 1.8 million people across the region.
The worst hit areas are in Somalia at Hiran and Middle Shabeele, close to Puntland where ActionAid has been responding to the 2004 tsunami.
Two of the country's biggest rivers, the Juba and Shabeele burst their banks.
Rains have also badly affected north eastern Kenya and south eastern Ethiopia.
Flash floods along the Tana river have affected Garissa and Ijara in northern Kenya, displacing at least 6,000 people while six people have lost their …
Somaliland is one of the 5 countries in East Africa where ActionAid has been implementing an emergency response to the drought that earlier this year put 3 million lives at risk. Somaliland has been hit by several consecutive droughts which have left an already very fragile community struggling for their lives. One of the most vulnerable groups are the pastoralists; many of their animals died due to lack of water and pasture and the remaining ones have lost their value due to their poor condition.
Eighteen months on, signs of long-term recovery are starting to show in the areas affected by the 2004 tsunami. Not only are children beginning to overcome the post tsunami trauma but schools are creating more child-friendly environments.
Tribal groups in India for the first time have a home they can call their own while remote communities are developing action plans to reduce risks in the event of future disasters.