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31 Aug 2015 description

Thank you very much. My name is Peter de Clercq and I am the Humanitarian Coordinator here in Somalia.

Thank you very much to the representatives of Somali and international media for joining us today, for this briefing on this latest assessment, and also for a response on questions around the situation in Somalia more broadly.

Also, thanks of course also to our colleagues in FAO, and to the colleagues in the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for this overview of the new food security findings in Somalia.

31 Aug 2015 description

In Somalia some 855,000 people face acute food insecurity

Situation is likely to worsen during October-December rainy season

Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit – Somalia (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) Technical release

31 Aug 2015 description

(Mogadishu, 31 August 2015): The results of the latest Food Security and Nutrition Assessment for Somalia, presented today in Mogadishu, indicate that the country’s humanitarian situation remains alarming.

31 Aug 2015 description

Hargeisa, 29th August, 2015 (WAM) – A Somali official has thanked the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for extending assistance to the Somali people, who were experiencing a difficult humanitarian situation as a result of a drought.

31 Aug 2015 description

Key Messages

The Somalia FSC cluster partners have delivered about 866,965 responses in August 2015. About 320,162 beneficiaries were reached through various activities related to improved access to food and safety net (IASN) across Somalia by cluster partners. Similarly about 442,668 and 104,126 beneficiaries were reached in livelihoods assets and livelihoods seasonal input respectively by partners.

28 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Critical malnutrition rates in hard-to-reach areas of southcentral Somalia, including Bulo Burto and Xudur

  • More than 20,000 people have fled their homes due to military operations

  • Mid-year review shows some progress towards strategic objectives but more funding is still needed.

For further information, please contact:
Maurizio Giuliano, Public Information Officer a.i., OCHA Somalia, giuliano@un.org, +254-738-999985

28 Aug 2015 description

Enhanced rains expected in most parts of South and central Somalia during the Deyr 2015 season

The Deyr rains are usually shorter and less in quanƟty than the Gu rains. However, they are beneficial in supporƟng agricultural acƟviƟes and boosƟng water availability for different uses. Generally the season starts in late September and ends in November.
Nevertheless, this varies from place to place across the country with the northern parts receiving the rains much earlier than the southern parts.

28 Aug 2015 description

High food prices and conflict in South Sudan and Yemen leading to continued Emergency

Key Messages

26 Aug 2015 description
  • Abundant rain has continued across a wide portion of West Africa.

  • Despite a recent increase in rain, seasonal deficits have persisted over parts of the Greater Horn of Africa.

1) Although an increase in rain has been observed over Eastern Africa during the past few weeks, seasonal deficits have persisted in south-central and eastern Sudan, western Eritrea, and northeastern Ethiopia due to the delayed onset and uneven rainfall distribution to the June-September season.

21 Aug 2015 description

HARGEISA, 20th August, 2015 (WAM) -- The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, KZHF, has concluded its project of purchasing relief materials from the Somali local market in Hargesia, which had been implemented under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to provide necessary assistance to the Somali people.

21 Aug 2015 description

Overview

The evolving El Niño, which currently has a probability of occurrence at above 90% and is likely to be the worst in 30 years, will exacerbate the current food and nutrition security situation. Parts of Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Kenya are expected to experience severe flooding while other parts of the region will experience drought conditions.

21 Aug 2015 description

Somalia - IOM and its partners in Somalia’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster, have distributed hygiene kits to 1,696 households in Doolow, a dusty border town sandwiched between Somalia and Ethiopia. Doolow is a major destination for internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing conflict.

17 Aug 2015 description

Hargeisa, 17th August, 2015 (WAM) – In view of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the orders of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to provide humanitarian assistance to the Somali people, a delegation from the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KF) is visiting the East African country to assess the needs of the Somali people so as to alleviate their suffering as a result of the drought.