Somalia: Floods - Oct 2019Ongoing
Moderate to heavy rains continued in many parts of Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands over the last one week. River levels at Belet Weyne (Shabelle) are currently very high and the trend is expected to continue reaching over bank in the coming few days. Along Juba, the river levels are also high. The cumulative rainfall forecast for the coming week is calling for moderate to heavy rains across the country as well as the Ethiopian highlands. The river levels will therefore continue to rise with a high risk of flooding along the entire two channels. Flash floods are expected in built-up and low lying areas of Bay, Bakool and central regions given the forecast. (FAO, 18 Oct 2019)
Latest reports received in the evening of 21 October indicate that nearly 40 per cent of Belet Weyne town has been affected by flooding with an estimated 72,000 people having moved to Ceel Jaale highlands and surrounding areas. All villages in the north of Belet Weyne town have been affected and humanitarian partners are yet to establish the number of people displaced in these areas. The situation is further compounded by flooding from an outburst of minor tributaries in Belet Weyne, which has caused damage to farmland in villages such as Hawo Taako. Significant portions of crop land were also flooded in Bardheere in Gedo region, (where the river is already at bank full) and Bualle. Riverine communities have been asked to vacate their homes to higher ground with immediate effect. The rains will continue in the next seven days and river levels will continue to rise, further worsening the flood situation. (OCHA, 21 Oct 2019)
Riverine and flash flooding has affected populations in middle and lower Juba, Bay, lower and middle Shabelle, and Hiraan states. The number of people affected is expected to be high; an initial 76,000 people have been displaced so far in the worst affected areas. The impact of the rains will have on food security is not yet clear. (ACAPS, 24 Oct 2019)
An estimated 182,000 people have been displaced thus far due to flooding, according to UNHCR-Protection Return Monitoring Network (PRMN). Farmland, infrastructure and roads have been destroyed, and livelihoods disrupted in some of the worst-hit areas.(OCHA, 28 Oct 2019)
As of 5 November, 547,000 people have been impacted of whom 370,000 are displaced. In Belet Weyne district, an estimated 45,500 households (273,000 people) have fled their homes. Farmland, infrastructure, and roads have been destroyed in some of the worst-hit areas in Hirshabelle, Jubaland and South West States. At least 17 deaths have been reported. (OCHA, 06 Nov 2019)
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- OCHA: Humanitarian funds release US$18.7 million for life-saving floods response in Somalia [EN/SO]. 14 Nov 2019
- Islamic Relief: Malaria and malnutrition stalk central Somalia as more families flee floods. 13 Nov 2019
- NRC: Seven things you should know about the crisis in Somalia. 11 Nov 2019
- NRC: Saving lives in one of the world's most dangerous countries. 14 Nov 2019
- OCHA: OCHA Somalia Flash Update #2 Humanitarian impact of flooding | 28 October 2019 [EN/SO]. 28 Oct 2019
Tropical storm expected to bring strong winds and light rains to Puntland and Somaliland
Nairobi, 2019: A tropical storm named KYARR has been developing in the northern Indian Ocean and is expected to reach Puntland and Somaliland in 4 to 5 days. The affected areas will experience strong winds and light rains.
PRESS RELEASE- 10
(a) Severe Cyclonic Storm “MAHA” over eastcentral Arabian Sea
Yesterday’s severe cyclonic storm “MAHA” (Pronounced as M’maha) over eastcentral Arabian Sea moved west-northwestwards in past 24 hrs and lay centered at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 02nd November, 2019 over the same region near latitude 16.4°N and longitude 68.3°E, about 540 km southsouthwest of Veraval (Gujarat) and 550 km south-southwest of Diu.
The IRC is assessing the damage and launching immediate responses to help those most impacted by the storms in Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. IRC teams in Somalia are on alert and preparing for disaster as Kyarr makes its way towards Puntland
Mogadishu - The International Organization for Migration is appealing for urgent humanitarian support to thousands of flood-affected people in Somalia. Flash floods following heavy rains in parts of Somalia have displaced thousands of vulnerable people. In some of the worst hit areas, farms, infrastructure and roads have been destroyed, and livelihoods disrupted. An estimated 182,000 people have so far been displaced, according to humanitarian partners.
Several thousand people in the worst-affected area of Baladweeyne are sheltering under trees or in emergency tents after their makeshift homes were washed away by floods caused by torrential rain. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling for an urgent humanitarian response to ensure aid can be provided safely to people in desperate need.
There has been a reduction in rainfall across most parts of Somalia as well as in the Ethiopian highlands compared to the previous three weeks, according to FAO-Managed Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM).
Flooding and slow recovery from drought drive Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse in late 2019
Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in parts of Central and East Africa
Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.
The Ubangui River has triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western Democratic Republic of Congo last week.
Flooding will continue this week due to saturated ground conditions and continued rainfall in the Afar region of Ethiopia, eastern South Sudan, and the border of Ethiopia and Sudan.
Satellite-detected water extents as of 30 October 2019, over Beled Weyne District, Hiraan Region in Somalia
This map illustrates satellite-detected surface water in Beled Weyne District, Hiraan Region in Somalia analyzed with Sentinel-1 imagery acquired on 30 October 2019. Within the analysed extent of about 2,500 km2, a total of about 155 km2 of land appear to be flooded. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.
Tropical Cyclone MAHA formed over the Laccadive Sea, west of Sri Lanka on 30 October, moving north-west over the Arabian Sea along the coast of Kerala (southern India). On 31 October at 0.00 UTC, its centre was approximately 280 km west of Kozhikode City (northern Kerala), with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h.
Heavy rain is affecting the northern Maldives and southern Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Archipelago.
- Fears of disease outbreak as infrastructure damaged and floods worsen in Beledweyne, with more rain predicted
- Tropical Cyclone Kyarr is expected to follow by the weekend bringing strong winds to Puntland and Somaliland
At least 200,000 people - including at least 100,000 children[i] - have been forced to flee their homes in the town of Beledweyne following heavy rains which continue to fall across Hiraan and Bakool regions of Central Somalia
FLOODS AND RAINS UPDATE
PRESS STATEMENT 24/2019 Mogadishu – The United Nations envoy to Somalia today voiced his concern over the flooding affecting thousands of people mainly in the southern parts of the country, and highlighted the world body’s willingness to support efforts to provide aid to those affected.
“I am saddened by the heavy toll that the floods are taking on the people of Somalia, and deeply concerned about the situation of people who have lost homes and livelihoods,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan.
As heavy flooding in the Horn of Africa region continues to put the lives of many vulnerable communities at risk, the European Commission today is providing an additional €3 million in emergency aid. The funding will be provided through humanitarian organisations in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.
• The ‘Deyr’ rainy season began in October 2019 with heavy downpours leading to floods in Bardera district. These extreme weather conditions have affected IDP camps, agro-pastoralists and the riverine communities in the same district for the last two weeks.
• The flood has been worsened by the heavy rains in the upper parts of the Ethiopian highlands, causing an overflow of the Juba river. The flood water has destroyed crops and farm lands, which are now inaccessible.
• According to IOM’s monthly movement trend tracking, the influx of new arrivals in the past six months in Baidoa have surpassed more than 16,500 HHs, creating 44 new IDP camps (camps increased from 391 to 435). The majority of IDPs fled their areas of origin due to drought and conflict, choosing Baidoa town as a hub for safety as well as for access to humanitarian assistance.
Tropical Storm KYARR expected to cause strong winds and some rains across Puntland and Somaliland
A tropical storm named KYARR has been developing in the northern Indian Ocean and is expected to affect most parts of Puntland and Somaliland in the next 4 to 5 days.