Somalia – Floods Affect More Than 100,000

The United Nations reports that heavy rainfall in Somalia triggered a new wave of flooding, affecting more than 100,000 people, and causing at least 4 fatalities.

Several villages were flooded in Afgooye district, Lower Shabelle, Somalia. Photo: UN-OCHA

In a report of 19 July, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said heavy rainfall from late June triggered a new wave of riverine and flash flooding following the widespread flooding that affected the country during April and May this year.

OCHA said that 105,000 people have been affected by floods since late June in Hirshabelle, South West, Jubaland States and Banadir region.

More than 40 villages have been flooded especially in Balcad district in Hirshabelle State and Afgooye district in South West State.

At least 33,000 hectares of farmland has been inundated, while shelters, latrines and water wells have been damaged.

Heavy rains in late June in Kismayo, Jubaland State, have affected 8,400 people, of whom 3,000 were displaced.

In Banadir region, heavy rains and flash floods destroyed a number of buildings in several districts, as well as causing severe damages in settlements for internally displaced persons (IDPs), 4 of whom died when a building collapsed on 14 July.