Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region- Jowhar Flood Brief | 17 November 2013

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 17 Nov 2013

Situation overview

Shabelle River floods started in late August in and around Jowhar town. The joint multi-cluster rapid assessment mission carried out from 7-10 November, identified 33 villages affected by the flooding and corroborated the approximately 11,000 households displaced reported by the local authorities, while FSNAU has a more conservative number of 7,000 household distributed along 28 villages. To add to those affected by the floods, it is estimated that up to 1,000 HH have been displaced from ten villages due to clan conflict in the area, though estimates by local authorities run closer to 4,800 HH. The total area affected by the floods is still estimated to be 8,000 hectares of land inundated in Jowhar and Balcad districts (FAO’s Food Security Nutrition and Analysis Unit - FSNAU). The floods are attributed to rains in Ethiopian highlands, which according to the last Floods and Tropical Storm Alert on the 13 November will continue receiving heavy rains, maintaining the high risk of river flooding in middle and lower parts of the Juba and Shabelle rivers (FAO’s Somalia Water and Land Information Systems - SWALIM).

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