Widespread flooding affects almost 200 000 people in Somalia


Wide areas of Somalia have been experiencing unusually strong rainfall season since mid-July. Nearly 200 000 people have been affected and 120 000 have been displaced as of Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Over the last few days, further flooding has hit parts of Somalia, with more than 10 000 people affected in the South West State alone.

Aside from South West, other badly hit areas were Hirshabelle and Jubaland.

On August 1, rivers broke their banks in Marka District, damaging several houses and crops. Around 6 000 people have been displaced and transferred to nearby Internally Displaced People (IDP) centers.

In a report by the UN OCHA on Thursday, it said that many areas of southern and central Somalia have been facing severe rainfall due to the Hagaa season.

Somalia is currently battling a triple threat– aside from flooding, the country is grappling with desert locust outbreak and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected a total of 3 227 people as of August 7. 

The government appealed for help as the affected population who fled their homes are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

With this, OCHA said humanitarian partners have ramped up responses by expanding flood assistance. However, there are still gaps in food, shelter, and non-food items.

At least 15 million dollars from the Central Emergency Response Fund has been allocated to aid a series of interventions in the nation for the next 18 months.

UN OCHA also warned that 27 000 more IDP families in eight settlements are at risk of flooding as their homes are sitting in low-lying areas.

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