Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia, October 2017



• Mogadishu bomb attack kills 358 people.

• Deyr season slow start and risk of famine persists

• Drought disrupts rural pastoralist livelihoods.

• Number of displaced people in Mogadishu on the rise.

• Rising access constraints and violence against humanitarian workers.

• Measles cases remain at epidemic levels as new AWD/cholera cases reduce


# of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis 7 3.1 m

# of people in need 6.2 m

# of displaced people in Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phase 3 & 4) 0.6m

# of AWD/Cholera cases in 2017 77,783

# of people displaced internally by drought since November 2016 943,000

# of people in protracted internal displacement 1.1m


$1.5 BILLION requested in the revised 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan

$1.2BILLION Total humanitarian funding received for Somalia; $831 million towards the 2017 HRP (Source:, 26 October 2017)

Mogadishu bomb attack kills 358 people

Deadliest single attack in decades

On Saturday 14 October 2017, a truck bomb struck the KM5 junction in Soobe, one of the busiest areas in Mogadishu, resulting in what is considered the deadliest single attack Somalia has faced in decades. According to Government estimates as of 16 October, 358 people were killed, while 56 remain missing and 228 were injured. Humanitarians worked with the Federal Government of Somalia, the private sector, Member States and civil society organizations to provide urgent search and rescue and life-saving assistance.
Some 122 injured people were evacuated to Kenya, Sudan and Turkey for further treatment. As of 26 October more than 55 humanitarian partners took part in the response or provided some form of assistance. Of these, 22 provided medical assistance, 11 logistical assistance and ten provided cash assistance through either cash for work for volunteers, or direct assistance to families who lost family members.

Teams of volunteers quickly mobilized to support the overall response and a National Emergency Operations Centre was activated in line with the National Disaster Management policy. The Office of the Prime Minister appointed a team of Ministers led by the Deputy Prime Minister to coordinate and oversee the overall response. The teams at the National Emergency Operations Centre, established close to the blast site, assisted with victim identification, information and data management, coordination of hospitals response across the city and providing logistics support.

Of the total affected, seven humanitarian workers and two personnel working for development organizations died in the attack, while twenty aid workers were injured. The facilities of 13 humanitarian organizations were damaged to varying degrees. This is the highest number of casualties and destruction of facilities for humanitarians recorded in a single incident in Somalia.

Drought persists despite start of Deyr season

More rains required to meet the water demand across the country

Humanitarian partners are closely following what could become another failed rainy season in a context of continued risk of famine and deteriorating humanitarian indicators. According to the October Rainfall Update for Somalia by the FAO-managed Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM), the Deyr 2017 rainy season, which usually runs from October to December, kicked off in the last week of September in the north eastern areas and second week of October in southern and central regions. Many places in Bay, Bakool,
Gedo and Middle Juba received rains at the start of the season.


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