During September, the 2018 Deyr rainy season began across many parts of Somalia. A forecast, which was issued by the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF50), indicates a high probability of average to above-average rainfall between October and December. The anticipated rains are likely to enhance pasture and water availability for livestock, leading to increased food production and further improvements in food security, despite potential flooding. However, humanitarian needs persist. Malnutrition rates remain high, especially amongst IDPs. Some 294,000 children are acutely malnourished, including 55,000 who are severely malnourished. The food security outlook remains particulary worrying among rural poplations in the north-eastern parts of the country, which received below-average rainfall during the last Gu rainy season.
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