The authorities have requested support from all humanitarian actors in the department, as water levels continue to rise. In addition, the security situation could worsen as FARC withdrew their unilateral cease fire.
El Salvador has declared a national state of emergency due to losses of up to 30 per cent of the annual corn harvest and 90 per cent of the bean crop. Honduras has also declared a state of emergency in the dry corridor, where over 76,000 families are affected by the drought.
Somalia presents a unique and challenging context where destabilizing factors like conflict and cyclical drought are a regular feature. While gains have been made, communities still remain only one shock away from disaster.
Ending absolute poverty should be the priority for the post-2015 development goals and this requires a strong commitment to reduce disaster risks, otherwise development efforts for the poorest will be unsustainable.