100,000 people in Unity face Catastrophe (IPC 5) food outcomes between February and April 2017, up from 80,000 in January. Leer, Mayendit and Koch counties are most affected. Although pockets of famine were previously reported in August and September 2016, the food security situation has since significantly deteriorated, and this is expected to continue until the peak of the lean season in July 2017. Lack of humanitarian access to the affected areas is a further concern.
As of 20 February, Inhambane province has reported the most damage and needs in Mozambique in the aftermath of cyclone Dineo. 650,000 people have been affected in the region with 130,000 reporting displacement and general needs.
Gaza province has also been affected, though on a much lower scale. 70 health facilities were destroyed, as well as communication and transmission towers, impacting on electricity provision. 1,687 classrooms were damaged impacting 160,000 students and 5,500 teachers.
Cholera cases, drought-related distress migration, malnutrition, and food insecurity continued to increase in Somalia during the lean season. Both FAO and FEWSNET have stated that with below-average seasonal rainfall predicted when the lean season ends in April-June, famine is a possibility.
Al Shabaab activities continue to contribute to insecurity and impede humanitarian access, particularly in south-central Somalia. At least 39 were killed and 50 injured in a car bomb at a Mogadishu market on 19 February.
Next GEO updated on Tuesday 28 February 2017.