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17 May 2020 | 12:15 PM UTC

Somalia: Flooding affects hundreds of thousands and kills 24 nationwide May 16

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Widespread ongoing flooding affects over 900,000 people and kills 24 nationwide as of May 16; further flooding and associated disruption expected over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/17/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/24/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Somalia


According to the latest humanitarian reports on Saturday, May 16, ongoing flooding across Somalia has affected around 918,000 people, of whom 412,000 have been displaced, and killed 24 across 29 districts. The worst-affected district is Belet Weyne in Hiraan region, where much of the town of Belet Weyne was inundated along with 25 riverine villages after the Shabelle River burst its banks on Tuesday, May 12. As of Thursday, May 14, the main road connecting Belet Weyne to the airport, the nearby UN compound, the Ceel Jaale area, and the northern regions was close to being cut off. A flood taskforce was deployed on Friday, May 15, to relocate 1200 people cut off by floodwaters in the Boore highland, around 30 km (19 mi) from Belet Weyne. Jowhar district in Middle Shabelle region has also seen more than 98,000 people affected in 37 locations due to the flooding of the Shabelle River.

Floods in Gedo, Lower Juba, and Middle Juba regions have seen more than 293,900 people affected across Jubaland state as the Dawa and Juba rivers continue to rise. Farms have been inundated and crops covering an estimated 12,000 hectares (29,653 acres) have been destroyed. In Banandir region, eight people were killed and 9200 already internally displaced persons (IDPs) were further displaced by flooding on Monday, May 11. Major roads in the region were impassable between May 11 and May 12. It is feared that the flooding situation will lead to an increase in the risk of disease outbreaks across the country.

Further flooding and associated transportation disruption is expected in riverine areas across Somalia over the near term. 


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.


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