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18 May 2018 description
report Government of India

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.

Warnings:

18 May 2018 description

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.

18 May 2018 description

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.

18 May 2018 description
report World Vision

Key messages

  • 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.

18 May 2018 description
report World Vision

Situation overview

  • 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.

17 May 2018 description

Despite a decrease in rainfall, flooding continues in East Africa.

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

17 May 2018 description
report Government of India

REGIONAL SPECIALISED METEOROLOGICAL CENTRE-TROPICAL CYCLONES, NEW DELHI TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVISORY BULLETIN

THE CYCLONIC STORM “SAGAR” OVER GULF OF ADEN MOVED FURTHER WESTWARDS WITH A SPEED OF 5 KMPH DURING PAST 6 HOURS, AND LAY CENTERED AT 1200 UTC OF TODAY, THE 17TH MAY 2018 OVER GULF OF ADEN NEAR LATITUDE 13.0ºN AND LONGITUDE 48.1º E; ABOUT 330 KM EAST-NORTHEAST OF ADEN (41480) AND 620 KM WEST-NORTHWEST OF SOCOTRA ISLANDS (41494). IT IS VERY LIKELY TO INTENSIFY FURTHER SLIGHTLY DURING NEXT 12 HRS.

IT IS VERY LIKELY TO MOVE WEST-SOUTHWESTWARDS.

17 May 2018 description
report Government of India

A depression formed over Gulf of Aden in the evening of yesterday, the 16th May 2018. Moving west-northwestwards it intensified into a deep depression in the early morning and further into a cyclonic storm “Sagar” at 0830 hours IST of today the 17th May 2018 over Gulf of Aden near latitude 13.20N and longitude 48.70E; about 400 km east-northeast of Aden (Yemen) and 560 km west-northwest of Socotra Islands. It is very likely to intensify slightly further during next 12 hrs.

17 May 2018 description
map UNOSAT

Preliminary findings as of 17 May 2018

• The analysis confirms that, in May 2018, Doolow experienced floods,

• Standing waters increased between 7 & 11 May 2018,

• The analysis of radar image from 13th May suggests that surface waters retracted,

• This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.

17 May 2018 description

Heavy Gu rainfall leads to further flooding in large parts of the South

17 May 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

The Gu rains 2018 started in April 2018 with above average rains. First, they started slowly but soon reached precipitation above normal. The soils were dried out and hard and could not absorb the rain water all over Somalia.

This caused flash floods all over the country except in North-Eastern Puntland where it did not rain.

With the beginning of the Gu-rains and severe flooding at the end of April the priorities changed suddenly when flash floods appeared, and the rivers busted their beds with the consequence that 200,000 persons had to leave their homes in Hiraan.

16 May 2018 description

Situation Overview

  • Since March, heavy rainfall has led to flash floods and riverine flooding across large areas of the Horn of Africa.

• Most of the flood affected areas are the ones already affected by the 2017 drought. The compacted soil reduced their capacity to absorb rain, further increasing the flooding.

16 May 2018 description

Issued on Wednesday, 16th May 2018 at 0130 local time.

Headline

A Tropical Cyclone is expected to develop at the eastern end of the Gulf of Aden in the next 24 hours (See Figure 1). This is forecast to track westwards along the Gulf and bring exceptionally high rainfall totals to a usually very arid region.

16 May 2018 description

SRSG Michael Keating briefs the Security Council

Madam President,

At the outset, let me to express my best wishes to members of the Council and to Somalis around the world at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, a time of peace, forgiveness and compassion.

Events in the last 48 hours in Somalia highlight the complexity of the situation facing her people.