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Somalia Drought Watch April 2017

Drought conditions continued to worsen since November affecting more than 50% of the population. Pasture and water came to a complete depletion in most areas leaving about 440,000 in displacement as in 31 March 2017

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Somalia Drought Watch

Despite some increase in rainfall in Somalia during the last half of November 2016, drought conditions continue to be experienced in many parts of the country following the poor and erratic rain since late September.

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Somalia experiencing moderate to extreme drought condtions

The Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) and the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) are pleased to share with you their joint publication: Somalia Drought Watch for October 2016. Moderate to Extreme drought conditions are being experienced in the country. The negative trends are not expected to reverse until the next rains, which are anticipated in April 2017.

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SWALIM Introduces Telemetric Groundwater Monitoring Stations in Somalia

Outside of the narrow riverine areas of the Juba and Shabelle rivers, where surface water is available throughout the year, groundwater is the main source of water for domestic and livestock use in Somalia. In addition to these domestic uses, limited irrigation using groundwater is carried out in some parts of the country, requiring good management of the vital resource for sustainability.

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<<<<NEWS RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 23, 2016>>>>

SWALIM Releases Latest Information on Riverbank Breakages :

Following analysis of the latest suitable satellite images, some as recent as last week (September 17th), SWALIM has released updated information on the state of the Juba and Shabelle Rivers in advance of the Deyr seasonal rains, which are expected to commence by mid-October (in about three weeks’ time).

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SWALIM Completes Water Sources Survey in Galmudug

After previous attempts thwarted by lack of access, SWALIM has finally managed to carry out a water sources survey in Galmudug State in Central Somalia through a local NGO. The survey covered the strategic water sources in nine districts within Galgadud and Mudug Regions

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New Look for SWALIM’s Flood Risk and Response System

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The SWALIM Flood Risk and Response Management Information System (FRRMIS), originally developed and launched in 2013, has been revamped to give users a better experience and more timely information. The FRRMIS is a web-based information dissemination and sharing platform that brings together essential information related to floods in Somalia into a single user interface. The new system uses a SWALIM custom web mapping technology and contains a variety of flood information presented in multiple formats.

The Juba and Shabelle Rivers and Their Importance to Somalia

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The Juba and Shabelle rivers are the only perennial rivers in the country, but 90% of their flow originates from a neighbouring country - Ethiopia. The two rivers sustain agricultural production not only by providing much needed irrigation, but also through the very fertile flood plains where a variety of crops are grown for domestic and foreign markets.

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