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11 Jun 2018 description

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains challenging in 2018. After a prolonged drought in 2016 and 2017, the above-average Gu rains have had devastating impact in some parts of the country. Flash floods and riverine flooding has been reported in several areas, including the Banadir region, Hirshabelle, Jubaland, Galmuduug, and the South West states. Evictions of IDPs are on the rise, while the benefits of the rainy season are yet to translate into a significantly improved food security situation across the country.

11 Jun 2018 description

Famine was averted in Somalia in 2017, thanks to the rapid mobilisation of resources and scaled-up response. By the end of 2017, donors had collectively contributed or pledged $1.32 billion, channelled either through the projects included in the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) or projects outside of the HRP.

07 Jun 2018 description

The tropical Cyclone Sagar landed in northern of Somalia on 21 May, causing devastation, death and displacement, delivering an entire year’s worth of rain in a matter of hours and affecting thousands of people. In addition, continued flash and river flooding in the southern and central areas of the country has compounded the already fragile humanitarian situation due to drought, conflict and marginalization.

10 May 2018 description
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The heavy Gu rains in the Juba and Shabelle basins in Somalia and neighboring Ethiopia continued to cause flash and riverine flooding affecting thousands of people in several areas. Flooding is compounding an already fragile humanitarian situation with an estimated 5.4 million people in need of assistance due to drought and conflict. Humanitarian actors are working to scale-up the assistance, but the available funding is insufficient.

11 Apr 2018 description

Drought continued to worsen during the hot, dry Jilial season in the first quarter of 2018. The Gu rains have started early in most areas and are likely to ease the immediate impact of water availability, however, they will likely worsen conditions for IDPs in overcrowded settlements. The IDPs, mostly women and children, live primarily in improvised shelters, exposing them to inclement weather, with poor hygiene facilities, thus heightening the risk of communicable diseases. Humanitarians are providing life-saving aid to people in need, but gaps exist.

04 Apr 2018 description

Famine has been averted in Somalia in 2017, thanks to the rapid mobilization of resources and scaled-up response, but the extended drought has severely aggravated the crisis. By the end of 2017, 5.4 million Somalis were still in need of humanitarian assistance, of which 2.7 million people faced crisis and emergency. The risk of famine persists in 2018 if emergency relief efforts are not sustained.

11 Mar 2018 description

Drought conditions continue to deteriorate, mainly in the North. Somaliland and Puntland authorities have made appeals for urgent humanitarian assistance. The deterioration of pasture and water sources in the dry Jilaal season (January – March) has affected livestock condition and food sources.

06 Mar 2018 description

With US$89 million in coordinated allocations from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF), OCHA-managed pooled funds helped humanitarian partners in Somalia prevent famine in 2017.

By leveraging their comparative advantages – such as CERF’s disbursement speed and CBPF’s direct funding for local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) – the humanitarian community rapidly scaled up humanitarian action and was able to deliver a stronger collective response.