Djibouti Flash Update #3 - Humanitarian impact of flooding | 17 December 2019


1. Situation Overview

• Heavy rains fell between 21 and 28 November 2019 with a peak between 22 and 23 November in Djibouti. The equivalent of two years of precipitation occurred in one day. New rains between 7 and 10 December made access to the affected areas more difficult. 11 people (including 7 children) lost their lives due to flooding and a landslide due to heavy rainfall.

• Some 250,000 people have been affected throughout the country and 150,000 (including migrants and refugees) are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. In Djibouti alone, 200,000 people (21% of the total population) have been affected and 120,000 are in need of emergency assistance.
It is estimated that about 14,000 migrants are directly affected in flooded areas.

• A rapid humanitarian assessment conducted by the government and humanitarian partners was conducted on 27 and 28 November 2019 with the participation of 50 staff from various ministries, the Executive Secretariat for Risk and Disaster Management (SEGRC), the City Hall, the Djibouti National Institute of Statistics (INSD), the UN, and NGOs. Major concerns include sanitation, food security, non-food commodities/shelter and health, particularly among the most vulnerable groups among those affected by the disaster.

• A door-to-door survey targeting 12,000 households was conducted by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Solidarity to identify and assist the most affected households in flood-affected areas. The Ministry of Education also conducted a rapid assessment of schools with 27 schools, including 14 in the regions, damaged by the floods.