Nigeria: An outbreak of Lassa viral haemorrhagic fever was announced in Nigeria on 8 January. At least 140 suspected cases and 30 confirmed cases, including 53 deaths, have been reported in 14 states. The indicated case fatality rate stands at 37.9%.
Gambia: Almost 182,000 people (9% of the population) are severely food insecure after erratic rains caused drought and crop failure. Most affected regions are Upper River, West Coast, and Northern Bank.
Syria: 200,000 civilians in besieged areas of Deir-ez-Zor city face severe and urgent humanitarian needs, with food, nutrition, and health supplies reported as priorities. Aid has not reached the areas since January 2015. Islamic State forces launched a new offensive in the city on 16 January, and is now in control of 60% of the city.
Go to www.geo.acaps.org for analysis of 38 humanitarian crises.
Updated: 19/01/2016 Next Update: 26/01/2016**