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2018 Humanitarian Response Plan Revision

THE CONTINUING CRISIS

After a prolonged period of drought, the above-average Gu rainfall between late March and June marked the end of a lingering dry period across much of Somalia. However, record levels of rain – 125 per cent higher if compared to the long-term average recorded over much of the country7 – also had a devastating humanitarian impact in most regions of the country, especially in Banadir, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South West and Jubaland states, where flash and riverine flooding aggravated the needs of an already highly vulnerable population, causing fatalities, mass displacement and damage to infrastructure and cropland. The situation has been further exacerbated by the protracted conflict in Somalia, compounded by recent clashes in the Sool region. The spike in the number of evictions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which has affected nearly 160,000 people in the first four months of 2018 alone – compared to 200,000 in the entirety of 2017 - has further worsened the protection situation in the country. Furthermore, the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan remains still largely underfunded; with 36 per cent of the $1.5 billion required has been received, critically affecting the capacity of the humanitarian partners to sustain the operation in Somalia.

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
25 Jul 2018
Document type: 
Strategic Response Plan