Inter Agency Initial Investigation report - Floods in Gaalkacyo: Gaalkacyo, Mudug region, Puntland | 6 May, 2015

1. Background

Following the heavy rains on 26 April, 2015 in Gaalkacyo that affected the town, Mudug regional authorities called through OCHA an emergency meeting with the humanitarian partners based in Gaalkacyo to discuss the impact of floods and explore ways to assist the affected communities. The meeting was held on 5 May and it was chaired by the Mayor of Gaalkayco and co-chaired by the Regional Health Officer (RHO). The acting Governor and the Mayor of north Gaalkacyo, in Puntland, informed the meeting that the heavy rains received on 26 April caused most of the latrines in the town to overflow leading to contamination of stagnant water. In addition, some of the access roads into the town were damaged. The most affected areas are Horumar, Garsoor and Israac as they are located in the low lying areas of the town. The authorities requested for immediate response to the communities affected by the floods.

The meeting recommended OCHA to take the lead and conduct a rapid inter-cluster assessment on 6 May. The findings of the assessment were to form the basis for response by humanitarian partners and regional authorities.

On 6 May, with the overall coordination of OCHA and the regional and district authorities, humanitarian partners including UNHCR, WFP, WHO, SCI, DRC, NRC, GRT, SRCS, GECPD and PMWD conducted an initial investigation to get a preliminary understanding of the impact of the floods, identify needs and gaps. Using the initial investigation tool, the assessment teams visited most of the affected areas including Garsoor, Israac and Horumar and public facilities including Omar Samatar, Umada and Bardacad schools, Mudug regional hospital, main police station, and two main markets. The team also visited IDP settlements.

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