Latest Updates on Humanitarian situation in Somalia
The latest projection by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) indicates an improving food security situation in areas that were affected by 2016-2017 drought.
However, the magnitude of the above average rainfall and subsequent flooding, which was seen during the Gu season in addition to exacerbating pressures on already-vulnerable communities, has led to new challenges in the humanitarian situation.
The spread of waterborne diseases has sharply intensified – in June alone, there were a total of 1,692 new cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) reported across the country, a figure which represents a 48 per cent increase on the total figure for 2018, so far. Vector-borne diseases have also been more prevalent; June saw 2,332 new malaria cases (53 per cent increase) and 1,546 new measles cases (33 per cent increase).
Aside from flood-related issues, insecurity has also intensified, with an increasing number of attacks being undertaken by non-state armed actors, especially in the capital.
Furthermore, the increasing tensions/clashes between Somaliland and Puntland have displaced an estimated 13,000 people. The Humanitarian Response Plan remains largely under-funded, putting severe financial pressure on some of the clusters, such as health, protection and shelter. Food security partners reached 1.9 million people with improved access to food and safety nets.