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16 Jan 1998 description

An outbreak similar to that reported in north-eastern Kenya has been reported in Somalia in the flooded area delimited by the towns of Belet Weyne and Johar on the Shabelle River. Four of 13 blood samples from suspected cases have been positive for RVF.

15 Jan 1998 description

PR 98/3

Rome, January 15 -- A serious outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in parts of northeastern Kenya and adjacent areas of Somalia
constitutes an international emergency, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

The mosquito-borne disease is reported to have already claimed nearly 400 human victims and thousands of animals have also died. The outbreak follows heavy rain and flooding in the affected area which is hampering efforts to establish the full extent of the outbreak.

13 Jan 1998 description

Weekly Report / 7 - 13.1.98

12 Jan 1998 description
report Oxfam

The heavy rains in Ethiopia have caused the worst flooding in Somalia since 1961, when the Jubba and Shabelle rivers merged; this seems to have happened again this year. Already over 1 800 people have died as a result of the floods, and many villages are cut off. On either side of Belet Weyn a large proportion of villages have been abandoned because they are under water; the water has risen in places by up to 15m. 230 000 people have been displaced, and over 1 000 000 are at risk. All agricultural land is flooded and The January harvest is reduced from 95 000 to 35 000 metric tonnes.

09 Jan 1998 description

Ref: DHAGVA - 98/0106


1. The most recent death toll now stands at 1,904, with approximately 1 million people still remaining at risk. So far, 715,000 persons have been reached with emergency supplies.

08 Jan 1998 description

The flooding in Somalia has so far caused 1,855 deaths. About one million people are still at risk. Diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory infections are widespread. Outbreaks of cholera have been confirmed in Mogadishu, Merca and Kismayo. The UN system, NGOs and bilateral donors are undertaking joint operations for relief and rehabilitation at least until June 1998. To date, $14.3 million has been raised for the flood victims. UNDP is offering logistical support and facilitating the coordination of the operation.

06 Jan 1998 description

SACB - Situation on the ground
Week upto: 6 January, 1998

06 Jan 1998 description

Ref: DHAGVA - 98/0103



1. The UN Resident Coordinator for Somalia reports that the most recent death toll (confirmed figures) stands at 1,855 (as of 31 December 1997), with approximately 1 million people still remaining at risk. More than 33,364 livestock have been reportedly killed.

02 Jan 1998 description

Issued weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme