Djibouti: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0056

OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Djibouti - Floods
16 April 2004

This report summarises preliminary information received from the UN Resident Coordinator's office in Djibouti.


1. Heavy seasonal rains in the Horn of Africa in the past days caused severe flooding in Djibouti. Authorities reported 51 deaths and over 100,000 affected people, out of which 1,500 people were homeless.

2. The Ambouli River burst its banks in Djibouti adversely affecting densely populated neighbourhoods of the capital Djibouti. Floods cut electricity supplies and washed away parts of the old railway line to Ethiopia. The road to Ethiopia was temporarily cut after the collapse of a bridge close to Wea. Most shops and primary schools remained closed.

National response

3. The Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Interior met with representatives of the diplomatic community and the UN agencies to brief them on the latest details on the flood-affected people. A list of needs will be provided after a meeting on needs takes place on Saturday 17 April.

4. The National Crisis Committee (ORSEC) assessed the affected areas and reported that public basic services such as water and electricity were progressively restored. More than 50% of the capital water supply was available as of 15 April. The National Office for Water of Djibouti (ONED) informed that water pipes damaged in the Ambouli River area have been repaired.

5. French and US forces based in Djibouti have rescued people stranded on rooftops by helicopter.

6. A UN needs assessment mission was dispatched yesterday to an affected area of the capital (Balbala school). Results of the assessments will be shared during the 17th April Technical meeting.

7. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Djibouti and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

8. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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