The risk of famine in Somalia has reduced but remains a reality in some areas. This is partly due to below average yet better than expected Deyr rains in some areas and largely due to sustained famine prevention efforts. Nearly 5.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Some 2.7 million people in “Crisis” and “Emergency” (IPC Phases 3&4) need urgent life-saving assistance. Malnutrition rates at ‘serious levels’ and over 1.2 million children are projected to be malnourished in 2018. There are now 2.1 million IDPs with nearly two thirds of them - 1.3 million - children. Four consecutive seasons have failed and a fifth season is forecasted to also be below average. Humanitarians are also prioritising sustainable livelihoods support and access to basic social services.
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