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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Somalia

28 Oct 2020

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A flooded camp for internally displaced people, Belet Weyne, Somalia, May 2020. Credit: OCHA/Warsame

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 28 October 2020

Somalia: Humanitarian update

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia continues to be one of the most complex, fragile and protracted in the world.

At least 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance through 2021, due to the impact of recurrent climatic shocks, armed conflict and insecurity, protracted displacement, and political and socioeconomic factors, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

About 2.6 million people live in protracted displacement and more than 1 million Somalis have been displaced in 2020.

Flooding this year has affected nearly 1.6 million people, including 716,000 displaced; destroyed farmland and infrastructure; and increased the risk of water-borne diseases. In addition, a desert locust infestation since January has affected 685,000 people.

The number of people facing food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or higher) is expected to rise, from 1.3 million in September to about 2.1 million through December, in the absence of humanitarian assistance.

Nearly 850,000 children under the age of 5 years face acute malnutrition between September 2020 and August 2021.

Despite operational and access challenges, the UN and humanitarian partners have reached more than 2.3 million people with aid this year (as of September).

While 61 per cent ($618 million) of the $1.01 billion Humanitarian Response Plan has been received to date, funding per sector remains disproportionate, with more than half of the clusters receiving less than 35 per cent of required funding.