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Somalia - Climate dryness : UN calls for urgent resources to avert humanitarian crisis

21/05/2019
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The United Nations asked Monday, May 21, 2019, the mobilization of urgent and sustainable resources to avoid a major humanitarian crisis caused by a severe drought in Somalia. George Conway, Acting Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), said that "the drought situation in Somalia has deteriorated rapidly and intensified much earlier than in the past. Somalia is at a critical juncture, but with sufficient resources, we can reactivate the structures that managed to avert famine in 2017 ". (Source ADI) According to the UN statement, the rains of the Gu 2019 season (April-June) have been dramatically inadequate, resulting in a second consecutive below average rainy season, while Somalia is still recovering from the impact the prolonged drought of 2016-17.  (Source ADI)

Of a total of 5.4 million people expected to be acutely food insecure by July, 2.2 million will be severely acutely food insecure, an increase of 40 per cent compared to January, the statement said.

Apart from Gu 2018 (April-June), the statement said, every rainy season since the end of 2015 has been below average, resulting in increased vulnerability and reduced adaptive capacity.

"As we continue to work under the leadership of the Somali authorities to restore resilience and address the underlying causes of these recurring crises, it is now essential that everyone, including donors, the private sector, Somalis in the country and the diaspora is joining these collective efforts of intervention and prevention, "said Mr. Conway, who is also a resident of the United Nations and humanitarian coordinator for Somalia.

The UN said $ 710 million is needed to provide vital and vital assistance to 4.5 million Somalis affected by drought in the most severely affected areas between now and the end of December.

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