Rapid Assessment on the Situation of IDP camps Belet Weyne, Hiraan Region


  1. Background

The Deyr 2015 rainy season started moderate and heavy, within the last few days, heavy rains have been experienced in some parts of the Shabelle River basin both in Somalia and in the Ethiopian Highlands. Flash floods have been reported in some areas including Mataban, Mahadey Weyne, Jowhar and Mogadishu. Following the Elnino deyr heavy rains, the river levels have increased drastically in the middle reaches of the river. (FAO SWALIM, 21 Oct 2015)

The rainfall forecast for the next seven days (24-30 Oct 2015) is pointing towards heavy rains within the Ethiopian highlands especially in the headwaters of the Shabelle basin. Given the rainfall forecast, observed river levels along the Shabelle River are expected to continue rising further especially in downstream areas thus endangering vulnerable communities. (FAO SWALIM, 23 Oct 2015)
At beginning on month of October, 2015 the regional and district authorities in Beletweyne released press conference through local media (Radios, TVs and websites) on dire emergency humanitarian situation facing especially IDPs/poor host communities in Beletweyne and appealed to the international community and other well-wishers to support them.

Upon this alert, UNOCHA has called the humanitairian actors that have presence in Beletweyne for an ad hoc meeting to discuss upon the affect of flash floods to the vulnerable IDPs in Beletweyne town. It was agreed to conduct joint rapid assessment on the most effected IDPs through collecting information by using focus group discussions and observation. In the meantime village management committees were interviewed on the status of the IDPs in the town