The Gu rainy season (April - June) started on time in most parts of Somalia. Moderate rainfall has been received in southern and central Somalia. If the rains are good, they will allow for increased crop production, pasture growth and replenishment of water reservoirs. This is crucial for improving the food security situation of the 3 million people who are in need of humanitarian and livelihood assistance. At the same time, rainfall has led to localized floods along the Juba and Shabelle rivers and Gaalkacyo.This main rainy season is usually accounts for around 75 per cent of the total annual rainfall.
Somalia. Approximately 16,500 people were displaced due to floods and around 6,600 hectares of crop fields were damaged in Buur Hakaba,
Gaalkacyo, Jowhar, Sablaale and Wanla Weyne districts.
Displacements due to floods
Humanitarian partners have provided 1,100 hygiene kits and 7,000 sand bags to prevent further breaches of the Shabelle River embankment.
Hygiene promotion activities are also underway as part of the acute watery diarrhea /cholera prevention efforts. In Gaalkacyo partners’ focus has been on decontaminating water and cleaning up flood affected areas.
Road access to parts of southern and central Somalia remains a key challenge due to insecurity and road blocks. Main supply routes in Bakool and Hiraan regions are still not open, limiting movement of supplies across these regions. This has also led to increased food prices in areas affected by the road blockages. Humanitarian partners continue to use various means including air to reach affected people.
The Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan is only 13 per cent funded against the US$863 million requested for 2015. A number of clusters are critically underfunded and are running out of options to continue vital programmes.
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