Somalia Humanitarian Overview Vol. 2 Issue 10, Oct 2009

Situation Report
Originally published


Main Developments

- Although early Deyr rains (October-December) have begun to improve the situation in some parts of Somalia, the overall food security situation in the country will not change in the coming six months. At least 3.6 million people, nearly 50 percent of the country's population, will continue to require humanitarian assistance or livelihood support.

- El Niño affected rains have increased the risk of flooding in southern Somalia. In October, localised flooding temporarily displaced up to 16,000 people. Water borne disease outbreaks are of concern if floods worsen. The clusters have prepared flood contingency plans but the capacity to respond is constrained by limited humanitarian access.

- Approximately 11,000 people were displaced in October 2009 throughout Somalia, out of which approximately 7,000 people were displaced due to insecurity in Mogadishu.

- Low funding levels and pipeline breaks have forced WFP to cut rations and re-prioritise life-saving interventions. WFP needs US$ 154 million to continue with food assistance to vulnerable Somalis from November 2009 through April 2010.

- WHO and UNICEF successfully completed the Child Health Days campaign in Afgooye district, reaching at least 46,000 children under five years and 37,000 women of childbearing age with a package of preventive health care.

- Pandemic Infl uenza A (H1N1) 2009 has been confirmed in Somalia for the first time. Two out of 10 samples were tested positive for novel H1N1 on 3 November 2009.

- The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, allocated US$ 12 million to Somalia from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to fi ll response gaps. CERF funding has been crucial in supporting humanitarian programmes in 2009, as funding from other sources has drastically reduced.

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