An estimated 2.51 million people remain in crisis situation in Somalia, with 52% located in the South Central Region.
The nutrition situation in Mogadishu has improved, but remains unchanged in the rest of the country.
In Mogadishu, IDPs’ the global acute malnutrition rate (GAM) stands at 16.1% down from 20.5% in December 2011. The severe acute malnutrition (SAM) rate stands at 3.7% down from 5.6%. The crude death rate (CDR) stands at 1.4 per 10,000 per day down from 2.8 per 10,000. This however is still above the national median rate of 0.7 per 10,000 per day.
For the urban population of Mogadishu, the GAM rate is of 10.3%, the SAM rate of 1.7%, and CDR of 1.22 per10,000 per day. The figures show a significant improvement from December 2011 (GAM 21%, SAM 5.6%, CDR 1.33).
South Somalia received moderate rains while most of the coastal areas of the Juba valleys experienced dry weather, impacting pastoral communities negatively.
The Gu rains signal an improvement in the food security status of pastoral households who access milk and meat from their animals as they return home to benefit from the replenished water catchments and fodder regeneration.
Typically, the start of the Gu rains also signals the beginning of the lean season for agrarian households.
IDP and returnee influx continued in Dollow with households coming from Gedo, Bay and Bakooland returnee households coming from Dollow Ado in Ethiopia.
Initial findings of a joint assessment in Sool, Sanaag and Togdheer regions of Somaliland indicate serious water shortages in seven villages in Sanaag; and cases of measles, chicken pox, whooping cough, diarrhoea and respiratory diseases in various villages.
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