Horn of Africa: Drought Regional Humanitarian Overview and Call to Action

Post date Friday, 23 September, 2022 - 09:42
Month(s) covered 2022-09
Document Type Humanitarian Appeal
Content Themes Drought
Sources Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Key highlights: Drought Regional Humanitarian Overview

Communities in the Horn of Africa are facing the immediate threat of starvation, with forecasts indicating that the October-December 2022 rainy season is likely to underperform, marking the fifth consecutive failed season in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The October-December 2020, March-May 2021, October-December 2021 and March-May 2022 seasons were all marred by below-average rainfall, leaving large swathes of Somalia, southern and south-eastern Ethiopia, and northern and eastern Kenya facing the most prolonged drought in recent history, while the March-May 2022 rainy season was the driest on record in the last 70 years. The 2020-2022 drought has now surpassed the horrific droughts in 2010-2011 and 2016-2017 in both duration and severity and will continue to deepen in the months ahead, with catastrophic consequences.

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