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Mogadishu, 20 May 18 – The humanitarian branches of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the United Nations today launched an appeal for $80 million to provide immediate help for people affected by recent flooding in the country’s centre and south – resulting from the heaviest rainfall experienced in Somalia in more than three decades.
By Harun Maruf
AWDAL — At least 22 people have been killed, and others are still missing after heavy rains from tropical cyclone hit the Horn of Africa.
At least 15 were killed in Awdal region in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, according to regional governor Abdirahman Ahmed Ali, while another person was killed in the town of Berbera in Sahil region.
Ali said the report is still preliminary and the death toll could rise as they try to reach remote areas of the region affected by the rains.
REGIONAL SPECIALISED METEOROLOGICAL CENTRE-TROPICAL CYCLONES, NEW DELHI TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVISORY BULLETIN
The cyclonic storm “SAGAR” over Gulf of Aden moved further west-southwestwards with a speed of 8 kmph during past 6 hours, and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST of 19 th May 2018 over Gulf of Aden near latitude 11.1 0N and longitude 44.8 0E; about 170 km south-southeast of Aden (Yemen) and 1000 km west-southwest of Socotra Islands. It is very likely to continue to move west-southwestwards and weaken gradually and cross Somalia coast near longitude 440E during afternoon of today, the 19th May 2018 as a cyclonic storm with wind speed 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph.
Tropical Cyclone Sagar is churning through the Gulf of Aden and is expected to make landfall on the coast of the Horn of Africa and parts of southern Yemen on Saturday, bringing with it high winds and heavy rainfall.
Direct Relief is in the process of moving medical material aid into the region which may be used by storm impacted communities in the coming weeks. Five pallets of hospital and fistula treatment-related medications and supplies are headed for Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland, which is in the center of the predicted storm path.
184,612 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)
368,583 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 - March 2018)
52,031 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya
10,616 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018
520 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018
1,273 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018 (including for evacuations)
1,609 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017
Funding USD 85 M required for 2018
18 May 2018
Tensions between Somalia and the self-proclaimed independent Somaliland have flared up following a new tripartite deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ethiopia and Somaliland over Berbera Port. This takes place against the backdrop of fragile federal unity and the Somali government’s refusal to side with the UAE in its dispute with Qatar.
The cyclonic storm “SAGAR” over Gulf of Aden moved further west-southwestwards with a speed of 8 kmph during past 6 hours, and lay centered at 2030 hrs IST of 18 th May 2018 over Gulf of Aden near latitude 11.4 0N and longitude 45.3 0E; about 170 km south-southeast of Aden (Yemen) and 970 km west-southwest of Socotra Islands. It is very likely to continue to move west-southwestwards and weaken gradually from 19th morning and cross Somalia coast near longitude 440E during afternoon of 19th May 2018 as a cyclonic storm with wind speed 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph.
Following a Tropical Cylcone in the gulf of Aden, heavy rains that led to flash floods were experienced in Bari region of Puntland in the last 12 hours. The rains are expected intensify during the next two days in most parts of Puntland and Somaliland with a reduction on 21/05/2018. Flash floods and strong winds will be experienced during this time in these areas.
A rare tropical cyclone formed in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and northern Somalia late on Wednesday, 16 May 2018. The cyclone, Sagar (TC01A), threatens to bring rains and dangerous flash flooding to desert areas of southern Yemen, northern Somalia and Djibouti.
On Thursday, the centre of the cyclone was about 400 km east of Aden, Yemen. Showers and thunderstorms were reported in the coast of southern Yemen west and east of Aden and on the coast of northern Somalia near Berbera.
Flooding: 718,000 people have been affected by flooding, and 228,000 have been forced to flee their homes due to the rising water. The onset of the Gu ‘long rains’ in Somalia caused flash and river flooding in several areas in Banadir, Hirshabelle, Jubbaland, Galmuduug, and South West State, resulting in damage to crops, livelihoods and property.
Ethiopia: Conflict between ethnic Oromos from West Gujji and Gedeos from SNNP region resulted in large scale displacement from both sides, leaving people in dire need of food and non-food assistance. Currently, the government and partners are assessing the needs and will continue to provide coordinated support. Meanwhile, the regional governments of Oromia and SNNP are working jointly to return displaced people to their place of origin and restore peace and security in the area.
Political violence and protest events in Africa over the week of May 6th showed several key developments and points of concern.
Mogadishu, 17 May 2018 - The top African Union Special Representative for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Madeira has reiterated AMISOM’s support for the recently endorsed transition plan but called for a cautious implementation to protect gains made in stabilizing the country.
Ambassador Madeira made the remarks, on Wednesday, while presiding at a medal awards ceremony for 21 staff officers, who will be rotating out of the Mission after completing their tour of duty.
Despite a decrease in rainfall, flooding continues in East Africa.
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