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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 institutional partners on Saturday, 5th December, 2015. The four institutions include the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), the 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 SWALIM’s work and the products and services that SWALIM has developed, since most of the staff in these ministries are new.

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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Deyr 2015 Rainfall performance

The 2015 Deyr rainy season was generally good with many areas in Somalia recording normal to above normal rains with exception of the western parts of Somaliland, central Puntland and parts of Gedo region in the south that recorded below normal rains. The season started off well in early October in some areas and continued to spread spatially with a peak during the last two weeks of the month.

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.

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Deyr 2015 Rainfall performance

The 2015 Deyr rainy season was generally good with many areas in Somalia recording normal to above normal rains with exception of the western parts of Somaliland, central Puntland and parts of Gedo region in the south that recorded below normal rains.

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Somalia Rainfall Forecast 16-12-2015

Moderate to heavy rains are expected along the central and southern coastal areas of Somalia in the next three days. Other areas in the south will receive light to moderate rains in the same period; while most of the northern regions will remain dry.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 08-12-2015

During the week that ended on 7th December 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 Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 33 2015

During the last dekad of November, (21st – 30th November 2015), there was a general reduction of rainfall activities across the country with most stations recording little or no rains. However, a few stations recorded moderate rains especially in Middle and Lower Shabelle Regions.

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