·

Widespread flooding affects almost 200 000 people in Somalia

widespread-flooding-affects-almost-200-000-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.

Featured image credit: CBA TV English/YouTube

If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.

Share:

Related articles

Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.

Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.

All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.

You can choose the level of your support.

Stay kind, vigilant and ready!

$5 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$50 /year

$10 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$100 /year

$25 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$200 /year

You can also support us by sending us a one-off payment using PayPal:

Leave a reply