Somalia - Extreme drought, risk of famine, displacement (DG ECHO, OCHA, IOM, UNHCR) (ECHO Daily Flash of 11 August 2022)

  • The number of people displaced by the extreme, multi-season drought in Somalia has now passed one million (1,002,796 people).

  • June and July saw another large spike in displacement, as people who were hoping for rains to arrive lost hope after an unprecedented fourth back-to-back season failed.

  • Bay region, where most new arrivals were recorded in July (40%), is of particular concern. Of these new arrivals, 99% originated from other areas within Bay which already has the highest caseload of people in IPC Phase 5 in the country.

  • Somalia, including Bay region, is at risk of famine. In addition to IPC Phase 5 classification, areas of Bay have been found to have a global acute malnutrition rate above 30%.

  • Climate models predict a continuation of La Niña conditions which will likely result in an historic fifth failed rainy season from October to November for the Horn of Africa.

  • The 9th flight of the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to Somalia arrived in the north-western Galmudug region yesterday, carrying life-saving medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas.