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09 Dec 2019 description
report MapAction

Two MapAction volunteers are travelling to Djibouti, East Africa, tomorrow at the request of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) to assist the response to devastating floods that have affected up to 250,000 people.

Flash floods occurred when two years’ worth of rainfall fell in a single day on top of several days of heavy downpours. Nine people are believed to have died, including seven children, and more rain is forecast. Most of those affected are in Djibouti city, the country’s capital.

07 Dec 2019 description

Description of the disaster

As per UNICEF-Djibouti Humanitarian Situation Report No. 1 on Flood response, dated 25 November 2019, Djibouti suffered three days of heavy rains and floods affecting the entire country to varying degrees. Initial estimates indicate that over 30,000 to 40,000 families (150,000-250,000 people) have been somewhat affected by the floods. These numbers were echoed in a second report issued on 28 November by the Government of Djibouti-Ministry of Interior and UN Djibouti .

06 Dec 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Djibouti suffered three days of heavy rains and floods affecting the entire country to varying degrees.

• Djibouti city and its suburbs have been heavily impacted. Initial estimates indicate that 250,000 people have been affected by the floods, with 150,000 in humanitarian need. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll at 9, including 6 children.

• Families accommodated in schools and community development centres during the first days were moved back to their homes on 25th November.

05 Dec 2019 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Between 21 and 28 November, Djibouti has experienced heavy rains, with a peak on 22 and 23 November, which triggered flash floods countrywide. In some places, the equivalent of 2 years of rainfall occurred in one day. Current forecast indicates the possibility for more rains to occur, something that will further compound the already serious humanitarian situation.

02 Dec 2019 description

Flooding continues in parts of East and West Africa while Southern Africa and Lesotho remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Elevated river levels in the Congo River Basin have caused flooding along the Congo and DRC border.

  2. Several weeks of heavy rainfall have raised river levels in central and western Uganda, triggering floods.

  3. Above-average rainfall over the past couple of months has raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries, causing floods in Sudan and South Sudan.

30 Nov 2019 description
  • Following the widespread floods and flash floods which hit several parts of the country, the Government of Djibouti requested assistance through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM) on 25 November.
  • Offers of in-kind assistance from Austria and France made through the EUCPM have been accepted by the Government of Djibouti.
  • DG ECHO released EUR 150,000 to assist in the response efforts.
29 Nov 2019 description

The number of affected people has risen to 250,000 after widespread floods and flash floods hit several parts of the country, Djibouti City in particular. Up to 5,000 people that were evacuated are now returning to their homes, but 100,000 are still in need of assistance. The Government of Djibouti requested assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on 25 November. Following the identification of needs together with the Djiboutian authorities, the EU is coordinating the mobilisation and delivery of emergency relief items offered by France through the Mechanism.

28 Nov 2019 description
report Government of Japan
  1. Today, November 26, upon the request of the Government of the Republic of Djibouti, the Government of Japan decided to implement International Disaster Relief Operation by a part of Self-Defense-Forces unit originally deployed for anti-piracy operation in the waters off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, in response to the damage caused by the recent heavy rain and flood, in light of the humanitarian needs and the friendly relationship between the two countries.

28 Nov 2019 description
report Government of Japan

November 26, 2019

  1. Yesterday, November 25, upon the request of the Government of the Republic of Djibouti, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency relief goods (sleeping pads, blankets, etc.) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Djibouti in response to the damages caused by the recent heavy rain and flood.

28 Nov 2019 description

1. Highlights

• Massive rains triggered flash floods in Djibouti: the equivalent of 2 years of rainfall occurred in in one day. Houses, infrastructure, schools and community buildings were damaged.

• Some 150-250,000 people were somewhat affected, countrywide. Over 5,000 people hosted for several days in collective centres.

• The government is leading relief operations and activated the emergency plan (ORSEC).
Humanitarian partners, civil society and armed forces stationed in Djibouti are supporting the response.

26 Nov 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Djibouti suffered three days of heavy rains and floods affecting the entire country to varying degrees.

  • Djibouti city and its suburbs have been heavily impacted. Initial estimates indicate that over 30,000-40,000 families (150,000-250,000 people) have been somewhat affected by the floods. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll at 9, including 6 children.

  • Families accommodated in schools and community development centres during the first days were moved back to their homes on 25th November.

25 Nov 2019 description

1. Situation Overview

Since 21 November, Djibouti has experienced heavy rains which triggered flash floods across the country.

25 Nov 2019 description
  • Days of very heavy rain resulted in major flooding across Djibouti, killing 9 people in Djibouti City. Over 30,000 families are affected and houses, shops, schools and infrastructure are damaged. Roads and bridges has been damaged in other parts of the country.
  • The Government of Djibouti has declared a state of emergency, activated its emergency plan, opened support centres for flood victims and has requested international support. Civil protection agencies and line ministries have been deployed to pump out floodwater.