Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
A tropical cyclone formed in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and northern Somalia on 16 May 2018. The cyclone system caused heavy rains along the coast of Puntland on 17 May. Flash flooding was reported in the Bari region, which were not limited to seasonal riverbeds. The road linking Bossaso and points south has reportedly been affected. There are also reports of some fishing boats having been washed away by waves off the coast of Sanaag region, which along with Sool are disputed between Somaliland and Puntland. The two authorities have been engaged in an armed standoff in Sool that had displaced almost 10,000 people prior to the storms arrival, further complicating an already complex humanitarian picture. By 18 May, the cyclone had gained strength, reaching tropical storm-wind levels and assigned the name Tropical Cyclone Sagar. Heavy rains are projected for the escarpment and plateau of Somaliland. (OCHA 19 May 2018)
In Somaliland, the largest concentration of fatalities were reported in coastal Galbeed and Awdal, where the cyclone made landfall. Houses were destroyed, and livestock washed away. The heavy rains and subsequent flooding are hindering humanitarians’ ability to access some of the areas affected by the cyclone to assess the extent of the damage and provide assistance. In Puntland, severe weather conditions also resulted in fatalities, livestock loss and the destruction of farms, property and infrastructure including fishing boats...Meanwhile, forces from Puntland and Somaliland have been engaged in an armed standoff in Sool that had displaced almost 10,000 people prior to the cyclone’s arrival, further complicating an already complex humanitarian picture. By the morning of 20 May, meteorological authorities were reporting that Sagar was beginning to weaken into a tropical depression. The tropical depression itself has remained over parts of Ethiopia, Djibouti and north-west Somaliland, about 140 kilometres from Hargeisa. (OCHA , 20 May 2018)
Most read reports
- IOM Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa - October 2018 Bulletin
- Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia, 5 September – 4 October 2018
- Yemen: Cyclone Mekunu Flash Update 1 | 25 May 2018 [EN/AR]
- UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report #6: 1 January to 30 June 2018
- Start Network: Leading for Change in Humanitarian Aid - Annual Report 2017 [EN/AR/ES/FR]
Foreword from the Regional Director
"We commend the Government of Rwanda for passing its first-ever law relating to the “prevention, suppression and punishment of trafficking in persons and exploitation of others"
237.887 mt of food assistance distributed
US$0.15 m cash-based transfers made
US$ 12 m six months (August 2018 -January 2019) net funding requirements
33,682 people assisted in July 2018
• In response to the cyclone Sagar in May, UNICEF distributed Immediate Response WASH and dignity kits benefitting 700 affected households (including IDPs and surrounding host community) in Damerjog, an IDP site located just outside Djibouti;
• Over the reporting period, 842 people in drought affected areas gained access to adequate sanitation;
Préface – Ministre de l’Economie et des finances, chargé de l’Industrie-Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh
J’ai le plaisir, au nom du Gouvernement de Djibouti, de présenter les résultats de l’évaluation Rapide des dommages, des pertes et des besoins après le cyclone Sagar. Cette évaluation a été conduite du 29 mai au 7 juin 2018 à la demande et sous la direction du Gouvernement de Djibouti, et en collaboration avec la Banque mondiale.
337.67 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 53,673 cash based transfers made
US$ 11.4 m six months (June – November 2018) net funding requirements
41,145 people Assisted in May 2018
08 June 2018, Geneva, Switzerland - A tropical cyclone formed in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and northern Somalia on 16 May. On 19 May 2018, Tropical Cyclone Sagar-18 made landfall in Djibouti causing heavy rains and flash floods to surge in Djibouti city and Balbala suburb.
Note de synthèse
• At least 1,865 shelters were damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Sagar in Djibouti City.
• A voucher programme for 2,000 vulnerable households has been launched.
This map illustrates satellite detected potentially damaged buildings within the affected neighborhoods in Djibouti, Djibouti District, Djibouti Region, Djibouti. Potentially affected neighborhoods were defined according to field data. The analysis was conducted by analyzing a post-event Pleiades image acquired on 23 May 2018, after the passage of Tropical Cyclone Sagar-18, compared with a pre-event WorldView-2 image acquired on 23 April 2018.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cyclone Sagar caused heavy flooding in Djibouti City and neighbouring areas, affecting up to 50 000 people
Poor vegetation conditions prevail in coastal rural areas, relatively better pasture availability in inland districts
Cyclone affected majority of refugees and asylum seekers hosted in country
Cyclone Sagar causing heavy flooding in Djibouti City and neighbouring areas
UNITAR-UNOSAT, following the request of UNOCHA Djibouti , has performed a flood analysis to illustrate the potential impact in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Sagar-18 over the city of Djibouti.
UNOSAT analysis illustrates the potential satellite detected water extent within the city of Djibouti and classifies the areas as:
Caritas is launching an emergency appeal to provide urgent support for families hard hit by Cyclone Sagar which swept through Djibouti in late May.
Cyclone Sagar struck the country on 19-20 May bringing torrential rains that caused heavy flooding in Djibouti, especially in Djibouti City and the neighbouring quarter of Balbala.
At least two people were killed and between 25,000 and 50,000 people have been seriously affected by the cyclone, according to government statistics. The country was not prepared for such a calamity.
Tropical Cyclone Mekunu is expected to hit Yemen and Oman next week
Africa Weather Hazards
Insufficient rain since January has resulted in large moisture deficits and below-average vegetation conditions over portions of northwestern Angola.
Poorly-distributed rain since late February has resulted in abnormal dryness across central and northeastern Ethiopia.
A slow onset to seasonal rainfall across the southern Gulf of Guinea countries has led to strengthening moisture deficits throughout the region.
May 24, 2018 12:13 PM
NAIROBI — Heavy rains have left hundreds of people dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced across various parts of East Africa. Kenya, Somalia and Rwanda are the worst hit. The flooding comes as the region tries to recover from a severe drought in 2017 that threatened millions of people.
• Response to floods caused by Cyclone Sagar is underway, under Government leadership.
• Although floodwaters are subsiding, they continue to affect several areas of Djibouti City.
• An additional storm system is forming in the Gulf of Aden, but will not affect Djibouti.
This map illustrates satellite-detected flood water extent within the city of Djibouti, Djibouti District, Djibouti Region, Djibouti.