Somalia: UN appeals urgent aid after devastating floods
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Flash floods in Somalia have displaced 182,000 people so far, while disrupting livelihoods, farms, infrastructure and roads in Baladweyne town.
The neutral tragedy comes after Shabelle river burst its banks due to heavy rains that also submerged the entire town.
The UN migration – IOM has appealed for urgent humanitarian support to thousands of flood-affected people in Somalia.
The IOM says Somalia’s Shabelle and Juba rivers had risen and inundated many towns in south and central regions.
In a statement, IOM said it had delivered 3,200 emergency NFI kits to partners in Beledweyne, one of the worst-affected areas in Somalia.
The IOM says the flooded victims needed to be provided – mosquito nets, shelter and NFI kits, drainage systems and flood mitigation kits.
It says the situation could likely worsen without urgent actions.
Last week, Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed also appealed for further assistance to respond to devastating floods.
The floods caused the death of ten people last week after a small boat they travelling drowned in the town, while several people were also recued.
The Mogadishu-based government has also airlifted aid food and medical supplies to the flood-affected people in Baladweyne town, about 330km from the capital of Somalia.
Somalia is facing its worst harvest since the famine in 2011, due to late and erratic rains earlier in the rainy season, which caused drought conditions in parts of the country and flooding in other areas.