Prolonged Severe Drought in Somalia Affects Millions
Prolonged severe drought continues in Somalia. Back in March 2016, 1.7 million people were estimated to require humanitarian assistance in the northern regions of Somaliland and Puntland. This included, 385,000 in crisis (i.e. currently facing acute food insecurity) and 1.3 million as stressed (i.e. face acute food insecurity if not assisted). As of March 2016, four seasons of below average rainfall were recorded in Somaliland alone resulting in diminished food, water, and income sources (UNOCHA via ReliefWeb).
As of February 2017, UNOCHA reported an estimated 6.2 million people (half of Somalia’s population) require humanitarian assistance to survive. This includes 363,000 acutely malnourished children below 5 years old. CERF reported an estimated 5.6 million people in Ethiopia require humanitarian assistance also (UNOCHA, CERF via ReliefWeb).
On March 4, 2017, at least 110 starvation-caused fatalities occurred in one region, over 48 hours (PDC).
On March 21, 2017, the government owned Radio Mogadishu reported 26 starvation-caused fatalities in Jubaland, Somalia, over 36 hours (BBC).
As of March 24, 2017, an estimated 6.2 million Somalis are acutely food insecure. Of these, 3 million are in crisis and need urgent life-saving assistance. It was reported that 257,000 Somalis are internally displaced and 4,106 have crossed into Ethiopia. Reported cases of AWD/Cholera have sharply increased to 15,655 in 12 of Somalia’s 18 regions, with a fatality rate of 2.3%. The emergency threshold for AWD/Cholera fatality rate is 1% (UNOCHA via ReliefWeb).
This Week in Hazards
- Tropical Cyclone Debbie made landfall on March 27 and flooded parts of Queensland, Australia. As of March 30, remnants of Debbie continue inland towards New South Wales generating heavy rain and strong winds. Major Flood Warnings have been issued for all rivers throughout Queensland (ECHO March 30)
Current Hazard Warnings.
Floods: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, United States (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Kansas, Oklahoma), Peru, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Australia (Queensland, New South Wales)
Winter Storm: United States (Utah, Colorado, New York, Vermont), Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Avalanche: United States (Idaho)
Drought: Sri Lanka, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Angola, United States (Southern Region)
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