Reports from PRMN partners indicate that some 32,000 individuals have been newly internally displaced countrywide during the month of November 2017 (12,000 primarily droughtrelated, 16,000 for conflict or insecurity and 3,000 related to riverine flooding). Cumulative drought-related displacements monitored by PRMN year to date have reached 874,000, while conflict-related displacements during 2017 have reached approximately 188,000. Year to date internal displacements monitored by PRMN now total approximately 1.1 million.
A spike in conflict driven displacements in multiple regions was observed during November - heightened military operations in Middle Shabelle (Balcad district) and ongoing conflict in Lower Shabelle were the major contributors (15,000 individuals) while Galmudug also recorded an increase due to skirmishes between clan militias near the Galmudug-Puntland border.
The current Deyr rainy season (October – December) has started late and is generally performing below average, marking a fourth failed rainy season. The onset of the rainy season might be expected to trigger IDP returns - while approximately 6000 IDP returns were recorded in the month (2,000 in Mudug region and substantially all of the remainder in Bay region) these numbers are lower than expected.
Meanwhile, the Juba and Shabelle river basins experienced heavy rains in the Ethiopian highlands during the second week of November, resulting in some riverine flooding in Middle Juba displacing at least 2,500 individuals.