Lesotho: El Niño – Related Drought

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Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Update. 02  (as of 20 Feb 2016)

The Situation Update highlights the following:

  • A multi-stakeholder Rapid Drought Impact Assessment was completed on February 8, 2016. The preliminary findings confirm that the country is facing a serious crisis relating to food security and water availability.
  • The assessment found that 534,502 (more than 1 in 4) people were at risk of food insecurity until June 2016 with the situation expected to worsen in the second half of the year and the beginning of 2017 once the summer crop forecast for 2016 is available (June 2016).
  • Poor and very poor households are experiencing a 44% decline in their food and cash income compared to normal conditions. The current food and cash income is 31% below the survival threshold.
  • Despite recent rains, increasing difficulties are being experienced with regards to accessing water with rationing, increased wait times and water purchasing widely reported. The elderly, people living with HIV and AIDS and/or TB, the disabled and the sick were indicated as the most affected by water shortages.
  • Protection concerns were highlighted including reported use of negative coping mechanisms and Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

Download the Lesotho Situation Update 2.