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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.

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.

06 Sep 2017 description

Heavy rainfall causes flooding over eastern Sudan, western Ethiopia, and eastern Uganda

KEY MESSAGES

  • Rainfall has remained persistently above average over the past month in the western Ethiopian highlands and the eastern lowlands of Sudan which has caused extensive soil saturation, localized flash floods, crop water-logging, and property damage.

05 Sep 2017 description

WFP ‘S EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN

  • Emergency Relief Assistance 3.3 million people
    Immediate relief assistance through unconditional in-kind and cash based transfers to the most vulnerable people in the Somali Region.

  • Nutrition Assistance 1.6 million people
    Life-saving curative and preventive nutrition services to malnourished children under the age of 5 and pregnant and nursing women nationwide.

05 Sep 2017 description
  • A total of 68 new cases of AWD where reported in week 34 compared to 97 cases in week 33

  • The new AWD cases were reported from 11 districts in 3 regions of which 87% where reported from Banadir region

  • No new deaths have been reported from all the zones over the past 2 weeks

  • A cumulative total of 60,356 cases and 820 deaths have been reported in 52 districts of 16 regions of South central and Puntland since January 2017

04 Sep 2017 description
report Trócaire

By Liz Evers

Fundraising appeal has helped Trócaire scale up its efforts in East African countries where drought situation continues to deteriorate.

For several months now, the East African countries of Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya have been experiencing the devastating impacts of prolonged drought. Over 26 million people in the affected regions are now severely food insecure.

Trócaire has been engaged in a relief effort with fellow humanitarian agencies, funding partners and local organisations to support the most vulnerable and worst impacted.

04 Sep 2017 description
report The Guardian

So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it

04 Sep 2017 description
report adelphi

Water is indispensable to human life. Though plentiful, it is limited and global demand for freshwater has been growing rapidly due to population growth and greater affluence. At the same time, climate change and environmental degradation are altering the regional and seasonal availability and quality of water. The resulting competition over water use may lead to conflict and sometimes violence, though researchers emphasize that it is rarely the lack of water as such that fuels conflict, but rather its governance and management.