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25 Jul 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.

- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.

20 Jun 2008 description

Main developments

During the reporting period, there were no improvements in security in Mogadishu as fighting between Ethiopian/Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces and antigovernment groups continued to cause civilian casualties and distress. More than 40 civilians have been killed in Mogadishu alone this week. On 19 June 20 civilians were killed as Ethiopian/TFG forces engaged insurgent groups in fierce fighting in Mogadishu. A majority of them were victims as a result of indiscriminate shelling.

16 Jun 2008 description

Mogadishu_(dpa) _ Six children living in makeshift camps around the Somali capital of Mogadishu have died in flooding brought on by torrential rain over the weekend, residents said Monday.

Hundreds of thousands have fled Mogadishu to escape heavy fighting between transitional government forces and Islamic insurgents, with many of them setting up camp wherever they can.

'Four children died in our camp - all the people live here in makeshift tents that could not stop the rain,' Dahabo Hussein, a mother of four, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

'The children do not have …

16 Jun 2008 description

Two children were amongst the victims of the heavy storms which hit Somali capital Mogadishu's region over the past week-end, affecting hundreds of thousands residents of the refugee camps around the city. According to local media sources, at least six people died in the past 48 hours due to low temperatures, floods and land-slides which were caused by the rain. Both the killed children lived in a refugee camp in Elisha, about 20 kilometers south of Mogadishu. Seven other children suffering from hypothermia and breathing difficulties due to the weather conditions were hospitalized.

16 Jun 2008 description

NAIROBI, 16 June 2008 (IRIN) - Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) camping in and around Mogadishu have been left without shelter after heavy rains pounded the Somali capital over the weekend, officials said.

"We had non-stop rains from Friday to Sunday [13-15 June] night," said Jawhir Ilmi, a coordinator in one of the camps in Arbiska, around 20km south of Mogadishu. "Many of the temporary shelters have been washed away.