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13 Sep 2017 description

Natural disasters over the first semester of 2017

During the first semester of 2017, EM-DAT preliminary data shows that 149 disasters occurred in 73 countries. The impact of which resulted in 3,162 deaths, affected more than 80 million people and caused more than US$32.4 billion (A).

The major disasters were floods and landslides occurring in Asia, South America and Africa (B).

13 Sep 2017 description
report Oxfam

KEY STATISTICS

22.9 Million people affected by drought in the region

15 Million people are facing Crisis and Emergency Food Insecurity

15 million people won’t have access to safe drinking water in 2017

84,575 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/Cholera have been reported in 2017 – with 1,546 associated deaths

1.8 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia have been displaced by drought conditions

$1.6 Billion Oxfam Horn of Africa Drought Response funding gap

CONTEXT UPDATE

13 Sep 2017 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat dipped in August, after increasing in the past few months, following an upturn in production prospects in the Black Sea region which improved the 2017 global supply outlook.
    Maize quotations also fell on improved weather conditions and abundant global supplies. International prices of rice were relatively stable, although price movements were mixed across the different rice market segments.

13 Sep 2017 description

Meet Muriya, Traditional Birth Attendant and Breastfeeding Advocate

Right now, parts of Somalia are experiencing what experts have classified as a “near famine.” A widespread, severe hunger emergency, caused by consecutive seasons of severe drought and ongoing conflict, has taken hold. Today, 3 million people—one quarter of Somalia’s population—are experiencing acute food shortages at crisis or emergency levels, and 363,000 children are suffering from malnutrition.

12 Sep 2017 description

IN THIS ISSUE

Page 1 Rebuilding lives of Somali refugees returning from Kenya
Page 2 Assistance to Somali refugee returnees from Kenya to Somalia
Page 3 Voluntary repatriation in first part of the year
Page 4 The enhanced return package improved the living conditions of returnees
Page 4 Returnees continue their education in Somalia

Rebuilding lives of Somali refugees returning from Kenya

12 Sep 2017 description
  • Humanitarian situation remains to be fragile; severe food consumption gaps, ongoing conflict, insecurity and loss of livelihood remain the main contributing factors.

  • Internal displacement continues to be a key driver of humanitarian and protection needs. Newly-displaced people faced heightened protection risks.

  • Until the beginning of the Deyr rain (October), severe drought is expected to deepen that may increase vulnerability of the persons of concern.

12 Sep 2017 description

Key Messages

  • Extreme levels of food insecurity persist across South Sudan as conflict continues to limit access to typical food sources and, in some areas, the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Emergency (IPC Phase 4) or Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes exist in all states, despite the start of the harvest. Some households on isolated islands along the White Nile in Leer of Unity and Ayod of Jonglei could be in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) in the event they are unable to move in search of assistance.

11 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Baher Kamal

ROME, Sep 11 2017 (IPS) - When officials and experts from all over the world started the first-ever environmental summit hosted by China, they were already aware that climate and weather-related disasters were already seriously beginning to set the international agenda – unprecedented floods in South Asia, strongest ever hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and catastrophic droughts striking the Horn of Africa, among the most impacting recent events.

11 Sep 2017 description
report Save the Children

Situation Updates

• Migration to urban areas/town has increased in Adado district. This is attributed to the drought and conflict that has led to displacement of nearly 70% of the the pastoral communities from their origin villages. Some pastoral communities migrated with their animals in search of water and pasture.

• Conflict in Herale town has displaced approximately 6,000 people. The town remains deserted even after clan elders encouraged people to return. Many have settled in Adado town IDP camps.

11 Sep 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

10.2 million children are at risk of of malnutrition, water shortages, lack of health services, child protection violations and disruption to their education

8.3 million children are in need of water

770,000 children under-five are at risk of death and irreversible damage without access to critical nutrition

At least 3.5 million children are at risk of dropping out of school

08 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 8 2017 (IPS) - In February, when the government of Somalia sounded an alarm to the UN about risks of a famine in the country, the UN’s Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), besides quickly shuffling a response team, was acting from a steep sense of history. The Office, instead of sending out massive aid packages, distributed cash vouchers to families who could spend it to buy goods according to their needs.

08 Sep 2017 description

Famine: Lessons Learned was produced as the world was responding to four potential famines simultaneously – in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.

Much has been written and researched on famine, and many lessons on how to best prevent and respond to famine have been learned the hard way. This paper therefore draws on lessons learned from the last 30-plus years of famine crises and response, going back to famines in Ethiopia and Sudan in the 1980s, up to the most recent famine in Somalia in 2011.

08 Sep 2017 description

Mogadishu - The Federal Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Maryam Qasim urged international humanitarian agencies in Somalia to collaborate more closely with local aid organizations to deliver assistance to the intended recipients during a meeting held in Mogadishu yesterday.

The conference brought together local and international organizations engaged in delivering humanitarian aid to drought victims. Minister Qasim said the federal government was working to institutionalize national disaster management to promote effective disaster preparedness.

08 Sep 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Government of Somalia is ramping up their efforts to increase urban resilience with the aim of reducing instability.

  • Local governments across the country are spearheading inclusive urban development with the help of the World Bank.

  • Preparations are underway for a larger scale, World Bank supported infrastructure project

Fostering More Resilient Cities in Somalia

07 Sep 2017 description

Situation
- Due to the lingering effects of the 2015-2016 El Niño-induced drought and poor October-to-December 2016 and March-to-June 2017 rainy seasons, an estimated 8.5 million people in Ethiopia require relief food assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This is in addition to 8 million chronically food-insecure people who receive food or cash assistance through the Government of Ethiopia (GoE)-led Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP).

07 Sep 2017 description

The threat of famine persists in Somalia following several consecutive failed rainy seasons. According to the FAO-managed FSNAU post-Gu assessment issued on 31 August, an estimated 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Thanks to generous contributions of more than US$1 billion for humanitarian action since the beginning of the year, operational agencies are reaching over 3 million people per month and famine has been averted so far.

07 Sep 2017 description

While students around the world go back to school, millions of children that fled conflict and drought in East Africa have no classes to attend.

“We decided to flee Burundi because there was war. I miss the school where I was studying in Burundi. I had enough materials: shoes and clothes, pens, eraser and a school bag,” says ten-year-old Nyongere at Nduta refugee camp in Tanzania. But this year he has no school to attend.