Humanitarian partners continue to respond to needs in Somalia and have as of 1 March reached a total of 320,000 people with activities aimed at building livelihoods and 440,000 people with food assistance. 100,000 people received livelihood seasonal inputs like seeds, tools, fishing equipment, irrigation vouchers and livestock distribution and vaccination. About 43,000 children under five were treated for acute malnutrition. Education partners reached 29,000 children with teaching activities and school feeding programmes while the protection cluster reached 15,000 people with protection activities. A further 265,000 Somalis have received basic health services throughout the country while more than 131,000 people were provided with temporary and sustainable access to safe water.
In February, humanitarian partners had to scale up the response in Guri Ceel in Galgaduud region in central Somalia.
Fighting between local militia and Somali National Army (SNA) broke out in early February in Guri Ceel and prompted up to 90 per cent of the estimated population of 65,000-70,000 to flee to neighbouring villages. When security allowed, humanitarian partners visited Guri Ceel on 12 March to determine the most critical needs and found that an estimated 60-70 per cent of those who fled had returned to Guri Ceel. The people who were unable to return to their homes were in critical need of food, water and shelter. As of 15 March, 1,500 hygiene kits had been provided to affected households and water supplied to settlements where the displaced are residing. About 300 vulnerable households have received unconditional cash transfers for two months and 550 vulnerable households have received support to acquire household items.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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