Somalia: Humanitarian Dashboard - April 2019 (As of 15 May 2019)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 15 May 2019


The combined impact of the initial, and potentially complete, failure of the 2019 Gu’ (April-June) rains, which followed a poor 2018 Deyr season (October-December), and abnormally hot, dry conditions during the 2019 Jilaal (January-March) season has caused widespread crop failure and accelerated decline in livestock productivity, rapidly pushing communities in the worst-affected areas into food insecurity crisis phase or worse. An estimated 5.4 million Somalis are now projected to be food insecure by July; of these, at least 2.2 million are likely to be acutely food insecure. A spike in drought-induced displacement continues as rural communities flee to urban areas - nearly 45, 000 people have moved so far this year. Severe acute malnutrition rates among children are increasing rapidly, mainly among IDPs. Humanitarian partners are finalizing a Drought Response Plan to mobilize resources and boost the response in the most severely-affected areas between now and December. A $45.7 million SHF/CERF allocation has enabled the scale-up of drought response in targeted northern, central and southern areas hardest-hit by drought. However, critical clusters such as WASH, health, nutrition and food assistance remain critically under-funded.

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