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15 May 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13341

SECURITY COUNCIL
8259TH MEETING (PM)

‘Astonishing’ Gains Made against Al-Shabaab, Says Permanent Representative

The recent approval of Somalia’s security transition plan by the Council of Ministers, and its endorsement by the African Union Peace and Security Council, marked a milestone in the country’s path towards assuming full responsibility for its own stability, the Secretary‑General’s Special Representative told the Security Council today.

15 May 2018 description
map UNOSAT

Summary of findings along the Shebelle River using Very High Resolution Pleiades images over the towns of Beledweyne, Bulo Burto, Jowhar & Afgooye
Satellite Data: Pleiades
Imagery Dates: 12,13 & 14 May 2018
Resolution: 0.5 m
Copyright: CNES 2018-Distribution Airbus Defence and Space / SPOT Image
Source: Airbus Defence and Space

15 May 2018 description
report World Vision

15 May 2017 - World Vision is rushing to respond to 1.2 million of people affected by flooding in parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Continual rains have submerged homes, schools and businesses, displacing more than 700,000 people from their homes, and they are now camped out in tents on higher ground, in schools or other evacuation sites.

15 May 2018 description

Nairobi — IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in close partnership with the Ministries of Health in Somaliland and Puntland, will provide emergency life-saving health services to some 48,000 drought-affected people in the Sool, Sanaag and Mudug regions over the next five months, with funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

“There is a continuous need for health services due to the critical health gaps across Somalia,” said Abdikadir Abdow, IOM Somalia’s Health Programme Officer.

14 May 2018 description
map UNOSAT

Preliminary findings as of 14 May 2018

• 04 towns along the Juba River were analysed using VHR Pléiades satellite images,

• No major floods in the town and/or in receding phase,

• Several agricultural fields appear to be still flooded,

• Towns in the upstream part of Juba river seem to have more flooded areas than the downstream towns as of 14 May 2018,

• This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.

14 May 2018 description

MAY 14 — Springtime in Somalia brings Gu, “the season of long rains.” The rains revive the pastures and grazing lands — and often deliver death and destruction to the regions where the rivers burst their banks.

14 May 2018 description

Moderate to heavy rains will continue in the coming week in Somali and within the Ethiopian highlands whose rainfall contribute significantly to the river flow in Juba and Shabelle Rivers. Somaliland and Puntland will record the highest amounts of rainfall given the forecast.

14 May 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Torrential rains, which began early in March - have since turned disastrous, killing hundreds of people and animals, displacing thousands others and destroying acres of farmlands.

  • But as the heavy rains pound and flooding continues in various parts of the region the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) remains confident that the situation is still at manageable levels.

12 May 2018 description

Heavy rainfall and further flooding expected across East Africa through the end of May

12 May 2018 description

Seasonal rainfall well above normal in East Africa; recent evidence suggests food security further deteriorates in South Sudan

Key Messages

11 May 2018 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected flood water extent over the district of Baardheere (Gedo Region), the districts of Saakow and Bu'aale (Middle Juba region) and the district of Diinsor (Bay region), Somalia using a Radarsat-2 image acquired on 09 May 2018. As observed from the satellite radar image, a total of 61,000 ha of land were inundated in the area of interest. By using WordPop data, we estimate that at least 100,000 people are potentially affected or living close to the potentially flood area. This correspond about 35% of the population living in the area of interest.

11 May 2018 description

Flooding continues in Somalia and Kenya

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

  3. Insufficient rain since January has resulted in large moisture deficits and below-average vegetation conditions over portions of northwestern Angola.

10 May 2018 description
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The heavy Gu rains in the Juba and Shabelle basins in Somalia and neighboring Ethiopia continued to cause flash and riverine flooding affecting thousands of people in several areas. Flooding is compounding an already fragile humanitarian situation with an estimated 5.4 million people in need of assistance due to drought and conflict. Humanitarian actors are working to scale-up the assistance, but the available funding is insufficient.

10 May 2018 description
report Trócaire

Flooding in Kenya has forced almost 250,000 people from their homes over recent days.

Trócaire is responding and will be providing food, water and other aid to 12,000 people over the coming weeks.

The flooding has been caused by heavy rainfall across the country. This follows prolonged drought that left millions without food – a further sign of the weather extremes now facing people in the region.

Approximately 100 people have died as a result of the floods. The flooding has also led to an outbreak of cholera.

10 May 2018 description

Enhanced rains are foreseen in the coming week in many parts of the country with Bay, Bakool, South of Hiraan, Middle Shabelle and Lower Shabelle regions in the south expected to record the highest amounts of rainfall. The Ethiopian highlands will also continue to receive good rains during the period in forecast.