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Somalia: Drought response Situation Report No. 8 (as of 16 May 2017)

  • The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate and the estimated number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has now increased to 6.7 million people — more than half the population of the country, according to the latest projections by the FAO-managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit.
  • Some 683,000 people have been displaced due to drought in Somalia since November 2016.
  • Drought has caused the largest outbreak of cholera Somalia has seen in the last five years with over 38,000 cases and 683 deaths so far in 2017, according to WHO. Nearly 7,694 suspected cases of measles have been reported in 2017.
  • The Gu rainfall started two weeks later than normal and has been below average in all areas, except in the northeast where rainfall totals have been near average.
  • The revised Humanitarian Response Plan was launched on 10 May. The revised HRP is seeking US$1.5 billion to reach 5.5 million people with life-saving assistance in 2017.
  • The London Somalia Conference held on 11 May has called for strong partnerships and additional funding for further scale-up of the humanitarian response in Somalia.
Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
16 May 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report