Floods kill more than 1,800 people in Somalia, according to United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs

from UN Department of Public Information
Published on 06 Jan 1998
More than 1,800 people have died in Somalia as a result of the floods, according to the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA).

In its latest Situation Report on Somalia Floods, DHA says the United Nations Coordinator for Somalia has confirmed that as of 31 December 1997, 1,855 people have died and approximately one million are still at risk. More than 33,360 livestock have also been killed in the floods.

Severe diarrhoea, malaria, and respiratory infections are reported to be widespread and have already taken a heavy toll. Cholera outbreaks have been confirmed in Mogadishu and Merca, and there are sporadic cholera cases in Kismayo, says DHA.

In Bualle, the local clinic received 1,232 cases between 17 and 23 December 1997, according to World Vision which is working on the ground. Diarrhoea cases are reported to have increased from the previous week while cases of bloody diarrhoea decreased. At a feeding centre in nearby villages, relief workers observed a slight increase of undernourished children.

United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations have appealed for $12.8 million to move their joint operation from the first phase of emergency rescue and relief into a new phase of continued relief and rehabilitation. This phase is expected to last until at least June 1998.