Humanitarian partners continue to respond to humanitarian needs in Somalia and have, as of 30 April, have reached 416,400 people with activities aimed at building livelihoods and 331,000 people with food assistance. 140,400 people received livelihood seasonal inputs such as seeds, tools, fishing equipment, irrigation vouchers and livestock distribution and vaccination. A further 555,270 Somalis received basic health services throughout the country, while more than 353,000 people were provided with temporary and sustainable access to safe water and 83,000 people have gained access to sanitation facilities. Over 43,000 people were provided with non-food items. Education partners reached 44,000 children with teaching activities, while the protection cluster reached 15,600 people with protection activities. As of end of April, about 103,000 children under five had been treated for acute malnutrition.
Rains in April led to floods in southern and central Somalia. Approximately 16,500 people were displaced due to floods and around 6,600 hectares of crop fields were damaged in Buur Hakaba, Gaalkacyo, Jowhar, Sablaale and Wanla Weyne districts. WASH partners provided 1,100 hygiene kits and 7,000 sand bags to seal the breaches in the dikes. In Gaalkacyo humanitarian partners’ focus has been on decontaminating water and cleaning up flood affected areas. A significant reduction of rainfall has been reported in the Juba and Shabelle river basins, both in Somalia and within the Ethiopian highland. At the moment no further flooding is expected.
The $863 million Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan for 2015 is funded with $201 million, or 23 per cent of requirements. A number of clusters are running out of options to continue vital programmes. The nutrition cluster for example, has seen a 26 per cent drop of implementing partners this year due to lack of funding. Clusters with seven per cent or less funding include WASH, shelter, health and protection.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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