Somalia – 400,000 Affected by Floods Says UN

In a recent report the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) said that flooding across Somalia has affected about 400,000 people and displaced 101,300 in 14 districts.

Somali Red Crescent workers providing assistance to flood-affected communities in Somalia, May 2021. Photo: Somali Red Crescent

Flooding began in the country in late April. Heavy rainfall on 07 May 2021, caused severe flash flooding in Mogadishu, causing buildings to collapse in Wadajir District where 9 people died. By mid-May breakages along the banks of the the Shabelle river near Jowhar caused severe flooding affecting thousands in the district.

As of 03 June, floods in Jowhar district have displaced 66,000 people from 27 villages, destroyed over 40,000 hectares of farmland, disrupted learning in 12 schools and damaged 82 per cent of WASH infrastructures, UN OCHA said.

In Belet Weyne town, flooding caused by river breakages displaced nearly 22,000 people and destroyed 1,235 hectares of farmland.

Other severely affected areas in the south of the country include the districts of Buur Hakaba, Bu’aale, Jilib, Kismaayo, Afgooye, Marka and Banadir. In the north of the country hundreds of people have also been displaced by floods in Ceerigaabo and Hargeysa districts.

UN OCHA said that humanitarian partners have scaled up assistance, reaching at least 82,000 affected people with lifesaving assistance including food, water and sanitation, hygiene, health and shelter.