Somalia – Over 13,000 Displaced by Floods

Recent flooding in Somalia has left 4 people dead and 13,000 displaced, according to the UN.

Floods have affected over 70,000 people in Somalia, November 2020. Photo: UN OCHA

In a report of 11 November, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the Deyr seasonal rains, often experienced between October and December in Somalia, “have caused widespread flooding resulting in displacement, suspected deaths and destruction of key infrastructure including roads, houses and farmlands, according to humanitarian partners.

At least 73,000 people have been affected by the widespread rains and floods, mainly in Banadir, Jubaland, Hirshabelle, Galmudug and South West region. OCHA added that more than 13,000 people have been displaced by flooding, and reported 4 suspected deaths, according to field reports.

Among those affected are more than 53,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and members of the host community in Baidoa town, in South West State, whose living conditions were already dire. An estimated 4,000 people have been temporarily displaced from their homes in the town, of whom one third have been evacuated to higher grounds in northern Baidao.

Also in South West State, overflowing water from River Shabelle has reportedly inundated six villages in Afgooye area, affecting 8,000 people, of whom 3,500 have been displaced.

In Jubaland State, overflow from River Dawa has inundated 5,000 hectares of farmland and affected about 10,000 people in Dollow and Belet Xaawo districts.