The humanitarian situation in the South West State of Somalia is deteriorating, with thousands of displaced people arriving in Baidoa and other towns every month. They flee from rural areas due to both conflict and the drought which has destroyed harvests for three consecutive seasons. The ongoing threat of armed conflict is limiting the capacity of humanitarian organisations to deliver assistance outside of urban centres, leaving people severely affected by insecurity and drought to relocate to areas wherever this is available. An estimated 40,000 displaced people have arrived in Baidoa since the beginning of 2019. There are 435 settlements hosting more than 360,000 displaced people, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
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