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SWALIM Trains Partners on Google Earth, GPS & Open-source GIS

SWALIM is running a 5-day training course on Geo-Spatial software and systems for local Somali NGO’s based in Nairobi and in South Central Somalia. The course targets selected participants from the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster, Food Security Cluster (FSC) and the Somali NGO Consortium and covers the Global Positioning System (GPS), Google Earth and basic Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

SWALIM meets with partners in Somaliland

SWALIM has organized a one day meeting with its four partner institutions on Saturday 5th December 2015. The four institutions include Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) and The National Environment Research and Disaster Management Authority (NERAD). The purpose of this meeting will be to inform them about the work of SWALIM since most of the staff in these ministries are new as well as share with them the products and services that SWALIM has developed.

Somalia Deyr 2015 Rainfall Outlook

The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) has confirmed that El Nino conditions have intensified and will affect the region during the September to December rainy season. The El Nino event is likely to lead to a wetter than normal Deyr season in parts of the country. The rainfall forecast indicates that the Deyr 2015 season in  Somalia is expected to be above normal (45% probability of above normal rains) with a tendency of 35 % probability of normal rains in the south and central regions. To view the detailed outlook, download the

El Niño threatens Somalia’s humanitarian gains

Floods triggered by El Niño could affect up to 900,000 people along Somalia’s rivers. Much higher than normal rains in the last third of 2015, resulting from the El Niño climate phenomenon, could reverse many of the humanitarian and development gains made in southern parts of Somalia.  read more.

Video Q&A about El Niño with FAO's Hussein Gadain


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River Breakages Along Juba & Shabelle Raise Concerns of Flooding

SWALIM has updated the river breakages database by mapping them from very high resolution satellite imagery for 2015. Some of the breakages were verified through field visits. Three types of breakages have been identified namely; open, potential and closed. The open breakages are those that were still open during the month of July 2015. The potential breakages represent points that have very weak river embankment or have experienced several breakages in the recent past.

SWALIM facilitates an Information Management Training for Women in Garowe and Hargeisa

SWALIM conducted an information management training from 17 to 23 May 2015, in conjunction with the East Africa University in Garowe, and from 20 to 26 May, in conjunction with Golis University in Hargeisa, for women working in government ministries and agencies and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs).


Flood Watch Bulletin 02-12-2015

During the week that ended on 30th November 2015, there was a further reduction of rainfall activities in most areas of Juba and Shabelle basins inside Somalia as well as the Ethiopian highlands compared to the previous week.

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Somalia Rainfall Forecast 30-11-2015

While most parts of the country are expected to remain dry, Middle Juba, Lower Juba regions, and the coastal areas of Lower Shabelle will experience light to moderate rains during the forecast period.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 32 2015

During the second dekad of November, (11th – 20th November 2015), there was a general reduction of rainfall activities across the country with most stations recording little or no rains.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 24-11-2015

During the week that ended on 23rd November 2015, there was a reduction of rainfall activities in most areas of Juba and Shabelle basins inside Somalia as well as the Ethiopian highlands compared to the previous week. However, a few stations recorded moderate rains.

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