On May 20, aid agencies launched a drought response plan
seeking 710 million dollars to urgently help 4.5 million people.
Somalia’s overall Humanitarian Response Plan for 2019, requiring
1.08 billion dollars, is only 22 percent funded.
The Somalia Humanitarian Fund is currently
Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s region neighboring Somalia is
experiencing a second consecutive drought season while still
reeling from the effects of the prolonged drought in 2016 and
Announcing CERF’s contribution of 10 million dollars to
Ethiopia, Lowcock urged donors to increase their support for
drought response, in addition to critical assistance to the
ongoing nationwide response to internal displacement.
In Kenya, CERF’s allocation of 5 million dollars will
complement the government’s hunger safety net program.
Parts of the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya are hard hit
by drought following a delayed start to the March to May rains.
While droughts remain a recurrent weather phenomenon across
the Horn of Africa region, Lowcock has been calling for more
systematic early action, including the release of funds, based
on early warnings, to help mitigate expected humanitarian
consequences through a range of activities carried out before
the onset of a crisis.
United Nations calls for
global support to help Somalis displaced by drought
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday
warned of a growing climate-related displacement in Somalia
where more than 2 million people are in need of food aid.
In a statement issued ahead of the World Environment Day on
Wednesday, the UNHCR called for urgent additional support to
help people affected and displaced by drought in the horn of
"UNHCR is calling for more international action to prevent
climate-related disasters, scale up efforts to strengthen
resilience and to protect people affected by climate change
using all available legal frameworks," it said.
Below average rains during the "Gu" (April-June 2019) and "Deyr"
(October-December 2018) rainy seasons have caused worsening
drought in many parts of the country.
According to the UN, an estimated 5.4 million people are
likely to be food insecure by July, adding that some 2.2 million
of these will be in severe conditions needing immediate
emergency assistance unless aid is urgently scaled up.
Aid agencies launched a Drought Response Plan on May 20,
appealing for 710.5 million U.S. dollars to provide life-saving
assistance to 4.5 million people affected by the drought to help
avert a humanitarian crisis.
The UNHCR said the drought has also forced more than 49,000
people to flee their homes since the beginning of the year as
they search for food, water, aid and work mostly in urban areas.
"People who are already displaced because of conflict and
violence are also affected by the drought, at times
More than 7,000 people were displaced last month alone," said
the UN agency.
It said three main regions of Somalia - South Central,
Puntland and Somaliland - have been affected, despite marginal
to average rains and flash flooding in some regions.
"The worst affected areas include the Sanaag, Sool, Awdal,
Bari, Nugaal, Mudug, Galgadud, Hiran regions of the country," it
The latest drought came just as the country was starting to
recover from a drought during 2016 and 2017 that led to the
displacement inside Somalia of over 1 million people as many
remain in a protracted state of displacement.
UNHCR and humanitarian partners fear that severe climatic
conditions combined with armed conflict and protracted
displacement could push the country into a far bigger
"Decades of climatic shocks and conflict have left more than
2.6 million people internally displaced," UNHCR said