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Somalia - Emergency Humanitarian Relief Assistance to the Victims of Drought
About 6.2million people in Somalia are in need of humanitarian assistance,as a result of a severe drought caused by consecutive seasons of poor rainfall and low river levels. The 2016 (October-December)rainfall (Deyr rainfall) was poorly distributed across most parts of Somalia. Coupled with low river levels, this greatly impacted the Deyr season cereal harvest, which is estimated at 70% below the long-term (1995-2015) average and 75% below the five-year average for 2011-2015. This has also resulted in reduced rural employment opportunities and widespread shortage of water and pasture –with consequent increases in livestock deaths. Moreover, access to food is rapidly diminishing among poor families as local staple food prices continue to rise sharply and live stock prices decrease significantly.