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Somalia: Humanitarian Snapshot (as 10th April 2015) BY OCHA

Storyline:National News

With the start of Gu rains at the end March, the main planting season in Somalia has begun sufficient rains will be critical for the 3 million people currently facing food insecurity. This will support crop production, pasture growth and replenishment of water supplies especially in agro-pastoral livelihood zones.
The Gu (April-June) is the season during which about 75 percent of annual rainfall is recorded. According to the climate forecast for the greater of Horn Africa, the Gu rains in Somalia are expected to be normal to below normal in different parts of the country.
Parts of south and central Somalia remain at risk of flooding due to weak river embankment along the Jubba and Shabelle rivers.
In the preparation of the rains and possible risks of flooding, WASH partners are starting to replenish stocks in at least ten regional supply hubs. Hygiene promotion activities are also underway as part of the AWD/cholera prevention efforts.
Despite the onset of the Gu rains in parts of Somalia, localized drought and water shortages continue to be experienced in areas that received below normal rainfalls for two consecutive seasons in 2014. Main areas affected by water shortages include bay, Hiraan, Galgaduud, Gedo Lower and Middle Shabele and Mudug regions.
The Somalia Humanitarian Response Plans is 10 per cent funded and $ 781 million is still needed, $ 863 million requested for 2015.

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