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Horn of Africa crisis - November 2011 update


Rainy season and insecurity

Effects of the rainy season

The rainy season has started in the Horn of Africa (HoA), where more than 13 million people continue to depend on humanitarian assistance due to the latest drought and related food crisis. Although the rains will have long-term positive effects on food production, the rains also bring increased risk of mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria and dengue and waterborne illnesses such as cholera and other severe diarrhoeal diseases. In addition, heavy rains are washing out roads, making it more difficult for health workers to reach their posts, medical supplies to be delivered, and rapid response teams to investigate reports of disease outbreaks.