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Affected countries: Oman, Somalia, Yemen
A new tropical storm has developed in the southwest Arabian Sea where it intensified yesterday evening into Cyclone Mekunu. The cyclone is moving currently north-northwest at a speed of 11 km/h. Mekunu is expected to continue moving in this direction during the remainder of this week and make…
Affected countries: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen
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…
Affected countries: Somalia
Unlike in 2017 when the rains were poor, the above average Gu rains in April this year are already worsening conditions in overcrowded Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) settlements and displacing more people along riverine areas due to flooding...In Baidoa, half of the estimated more than 246,000…
Affected countries: Somalia
Since September, 419 measles cases have been officially recorded, 302 of which are children under five. (UNICEF, 13 Dec 2016) This week IOM...launched a mass public health campaign to contain an ongoing measles outbreak in Kismayo...Through TV and radio, IOM, the Somali government and health…
Affected countries: Somalia
Heavy rains in parts of Somalia and Ethiopian highlands led to flooding in southern and central Somalia. Belet Weyne town is the most affected with over 70,000 people displaced. Of these, 36,000 people are in Ceel Jaale settlement alone, while others moved to other neighbouring villages. (OCHA, 7…
Affected countries: Somalia
Humanitarian partners have stepped up response to the outbreak...Projections of 15,000 severe and 60,000 moderate cases over the coming months have led to plans for a significant and rapid scale up of the response. To help stabilize and contain the outbreak, the CERF rapid response grant of $2…
Affected countries: Somalia, Yemen
On 6 Nov 2015 Tropical Cyclone MEGH is moving west over the Arabian Sea, strengthening. At 6.00 UTC, it had max. sustained wind speed of 83 km/h and its centre was located approx. 800 km east of Socotra island. (ECHO, 6 Nov 2015) Tropical Cyclone Megh passed over Socotra on 8 Nov 12.00hrs local…
Affected countries: Oman, Somalia, Yemen
Tropical Cyclone Chapala made landfall on mainland Yemen on 3 November and early reports point to substantial flooding, including in the country’s fifth largest city, Mukalla. Based on current projections the estimated number of people that may be affected by Cyclone Chapala is 1.1 million or…
Affected countries: Somalia
Parts of northern Somalia and areas along the Juba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia have experienced heavy rains following the start of the Deyr rains on 7 October. Cumulatively, more than 90,000 people have been affected since 23 October. Hereof, an estimated 42,000 people have been displaced…
Affected countries: Somalia
The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon had a severe impact on vulnerable people in Somalia - it worsened an already widespread drought in Puntland and Somaliland with a devastating impact on communities and their livelihoods, increasing food insecurity, cash shortages and resulting in out-migration and…
Affected countries: Somalia
Somalia's seasonal Gu rains started in April 2015 in most southern and central regions and in late March in northern parts of the country, causing localized flooding which had displaced 16,000 people by 25 May. In Lower and Middle Shabelle regions, the floods were caused by high water levels in…
Affected countries: Somalia
In October 2014, heavy rains in south-central Somalia and in upper parts of the Shabelle basin in the Somali-Ethiopian border, caused flooding along both the Shabelle and Juba Rivers. The worst-hit areas were along the Shabelle River: Beledweyne in Hiraan region, and in the Middle Shabelle region,…
Affected countries: Somalia
Starting in early February 2014, measles outbreaks were confirmed in several regions of Somalia (OCHA, 20 May 2014). In March and April, there were over 1,350 suspected cases – four times the number seen during the same period in 2013. Nearly 1,000 cases were reported in May alone. (WHO/UNICEF,…
Affected countries: Somalia
Seasonal rains started at the end of September 2013 across Somalia, contributing to flooding, especially in and around Jowhar town in Middle Shabelle region, where flooding had already started in mid-August due to rains in the Ethiopian highlands, the source of the Shabelle River. Heavy downpours…
Affected countries: Somalia
The State of Puntland in the North Eastern part of Somalia was hit by a tropical cyclone on 10 Nov 2013. The cyclone and the subsequent flash floods caused massive destruction resulting in the deaths of 162 people, displacement of tens of hundreds of nomads, decimation of approximately 1 million…
Affected countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen
In 2013, an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) began in the Horn of Africa. Six cases have been confirmed, four from Somalia (Banadir and Bay region) and two from Kenya (Dadaab in north-­‐eastern Kenya). The first case was confirmed in Somalia on 9 May 2013 and in Kenya on 22 May. This…
Affected countries: Somalia
Several parts of Somalia - especially the south - were affected by flooding following heavy rains across Somalia and the Ethiopian highlands starting with the beginning of the rainy season in April 2013. Flash floods in Wanlaweyn district in Lower Shabelle led to loss of property, damage to…
Affected countries: Somalia
The central Somalian city of Belet Weyne and surrounding areas were flooded late at night between 27-28 Sep 2012 when extremely heavy rains caused the already swollen Shabelle River to overflow. The flooding killed 25 people and displaced 20,000. Over 5,000 livestock drowned. (OCHA, 8 Oct 2012)
Affected countries: Somalia
Heavy rains and flooding in southern Somalia starting in Oct 2011 displaced 1,000 households and impeded delivery of humanitarian aid (OCHA, 18 Oct 2011). By the end of Dec 2011, the Deyr rains had subsided in many parts of the Lower and Middle Juba regions. However, flooding continued to affect…
The Horn of Africa crisis of 2011-2012 affected 13 million people. The main focus of the crisis was across southern Ethiopia, south-central Somalia and northern Kenya. Regional drought came on top of successive bad rains and rising inflation. It ramped up a chronic livelihoods crisis into a tipping…