IOM Somalia External Updates, May & June 2020

Situation Report
Originally published



The humanitarian crisis in Somalia, characterized by both natural and man-made factors, is one of the most complex and longstanding emergencies in the world. Due to decades of poverty, marginalization, armed violence, insecurity, political instability, natural hazards and lack of development, the humanitarian situation remains critical in the country. Recurrent natural disasters have been devastating for Somali communities and continue to drive displacement, while ongoing conflict impacts protection and human rights, reduce resilience and hinder access to basic services.

Somalia is impacted by the triple threat of COVID-19, seasonal floods and desert locusts. COVID-19 continues to spread, infecting over 3,000 people by the end of June. The heavy Gu rains (April – June) affected 1.2 million people in 32 districts across Somalia with around half a million people displaced. The rains also provided a breeding ground for the desert locusts in Somaliland, Puntland and Galmudug. The locusts are likely to continue spreading during the upcoming months

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