Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia, 5 April - 2 May 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over half a million people affected by flooding, 200,000 of these have been displaced

  • Securing key roads for humanitarian supplies

  • Spearheading humanitarian response in Puntland

  • AWD/cholera cases spike

  • Humanitarian funding levels remain low as needs rise

Over half a million people affected by flooding

The probability of floods of this current magnitude is once every fifty years, SWALIM.
Flash and river flooding has affected more than 582,000 people and of these over 200,000 have been displaced from their homes following heavy rains received across the country in April, according to UNHCR-led Protection and Return and Monitoring Network (PRMN).

The Gu rainy season (April – June) started early March with consistent, heavy rains in flood-prone areas of southern and central regions. The Juba and Shabelle basins in Somalia and in the Ethiopian highlands continued to receive moderate to heavy rains, according to FAOmanaged Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM).

Other central and northern parts of the country are expected to receive moderate to high rains in the first week of May with regions of Puntland being the exception. Overall, rainfall has been above average over broad areas of Somalia and the result has been a rapid increase in river levels causing flash and riverine flooding in many locations.

SWALIM has reported that the probability of floods of this current magnitude is once every fifty years. The Juba and Shabelle rivers have reached bank full levels in several locations causing flooding much earlier in the season than historically observed. Flooding along the two rivers has resulted in the destruction of crops and property and inundation of houses.

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