Somalia: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 10 March 2019)

Worsening dry conditions have resulted in deteriorating pasture and water availability particularly in northern and central regions of Somalia. In the worst affect areas, aid agencies have reported stress-induced migration among pastoralist communities in search of water and pasture. In urban centers forced evictions of internally displaced persons is a major concern.

The number of people facing acute food insecurity at Crisis (IPC 3), or worse, remains critically high and above the pre-crisis levels from two years ago. Compared to post-Gu assessment results in August 2018, those in IPC 2 have increased from 3,077,000 to 3,392,000; the number of people in IPC 3 (and above) remained at 1.5 million, albeit with a population shift to the north. If aid is not sustained in the worst affected areas, and if the next Gu rainy season performs poorly, the situation is expected to deteriorate further.

Following an under-performing Deyr rainy season, the humanitarian response has focused on preparedness, prevention and livelihood improvement. Millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance continue to be reached on a monthly basis.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs