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12 Jun 1998 description

Having successfully completed its activities for the victims of the worst flooding to hit Somalia for decades, the ICRC was subject to a serious security incident. Since then, it has been obliged to modify its activities. Indeed, given the severe nature of the incident which took place on 15 April, the ICRC was forced to take the regrettable step of withdrawing all expatriate staff from the country.

07 Apr 1998 description

Following a difficult four months where floods threatened to further destabilize the lives and livelihoods of an already vulnerable population, weather patterns in southern Somalia are slowly returning to normal. The floods have undeniably left considerable problems in their wake; material damage to the country's infrastructure and its impact on the economy is still difficult to quantify and much of the population, particularly in the south, is exposed to contaminated water and disease.

04 Feb 1998 description

ICRC NEWS 05

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SOMALIA: SEED FOR FLOOD VICTIMS: The torrential rains that have been pummelling Somalia since last October have not only left people homeless, they have also severely affected agriculture, destroying the crop that had begun to grow and was due for harvesting in December/January.

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SOMALIA SEED FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

29 Jan 1998 description

ICRC NEWS 04


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SOMALIA: ICRC COMBATS CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN MOGADISHU: Although the deyr, the shorter of Somalia's two rainy seasons, should have long been over by now, rain continues to fall in areas hit by torrential downpours since last October.

22 Jan 1998 description

ICRC News 98/03

"We gathered everything we could: pieces of sheet metal, boards, uprooted bushes and cardboard floating on the water."
Sitting in front of a makeshift hut, the mother of a large group of ragged children relates her struggle for survival during the
recent flooding. The worst time was November, when the inhabitants of Marere were forced to seek refuge on dikes built
along the Juba river, near where it flows into the Indian Ocean. Protected from the torrent, several thousand people built the

11 Dec 1997 description

ICRC News 97/49
The ICRC has so far distributed aid to some 100,000 flood victims throughout southern Somalia, more than 40,000 of them in
the Jilib/Marere area. On the Marere dyke, where 4,000 people have been trapped by floodwaters for over a month, a

04 Dec 1997 description

ICRC NEWS 48
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ETHIOPIA/SOMALIA: NO END IN SIGHT TO THE HUMAN TRAGEDY: Rain has continued to fall unabated over eastern Ethiopia and southern Somalia in the past week. What was supposed to be the light rainy season known as "deyr" is turning out to be the heaviest rainfall since 1961.

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ETHIOPIA/SOMALIA

03 Dec 1997 description

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SITUATION

It has now been confirmed that 1,300 people have lost their lives in Somalia and a further 224,000 have been displaced. At
least 9,000 houses have been destroyed and thousands of livestock have been lost. In Ethiopia, 300 deaths have been

19 Nov 1997 description

SITUATION



Heavy rainfalls continue throughout the region and rising water levels continue to menace those in low-lying areas of land. Up to
50,000 hectares of farm land have been flooded in Somalia leaving thousands of people trapped on small patches of dry
ground. As highlighted in last week's update (13 November), an operation to rescue the thousands of people in a
life-threatening situation would require substantial logistical intervention well above the means of humanitarian agencies.
14 Nov 1997 description

Geneva (ICRC) - As the rains continue in Ethiopia and Somalia, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is launching an appeal for help in saving the lives of survivors of the catastrophe caused by the overflowing of the Juba and Shabelle rivers in Somalia.

13 Nov 1997 description

ICRC NEWS 45
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SOMALIA/ETHIOPIA: FLOOD VICTIMS NEED URGENT HELP:
The ICRC has this week launched an emergency relief operation for the
victims of flooding in Somalia brought about by torrential rains that have
caused the Shabele and Juba rivers to overflow their banks.

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SOMALIA/ETHIOPIA
FLOOD VICTIMS NEED URGENT HELP

The ICRC has this week launched an emergency relief operation for the
victims of flooding in Somalia brought about by torrential rains that

13 Nov 1997 description

SITUATION
Hundreds of thousands of people in Somalia and Ethiopia have been affected by two weeks of torrential downpours. In some places, two thirds of the seasonal rain ("Deyr") fell in less than 24 hours and, during the last weeks of October, rainfalls of between five and 25 times more than average were recorded. Flash-floods have killed people and livestock, inundated