Somalia Deyr Flooding Update - As of 16 November 2020

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Overview: Deyr Flooding

Ongoing Deyr seasonal rains (October-December) have affected nearly 214,000 people, of whom more than 180,000 people have been temporarily displaced from their homes in South West, Jubaland, Hirshabelle and Galmudug states as well as Banadir region. Most displacement occurred in the two worst affected regions in the Shabelle River basin - Lower Shabelle (South West State) and Middle Shabelle (Hirshabelle State). In Baidoa town, South West State, more than 66,000 people including IDPs have been affected, of whom 6,000 have been displaced. Thousands of hectares of farmland have been inundated particularly along the river basins.

Authorities and aid agencies are appealing for urgent assistance especially clean drinking water, emergency shelter and food. Assistance is also required to drain stagnant water in order to mitigate the risk of water-borne diseases and to re-enforce sand barriers along river breakage points. The lower areas along the Shabelle River have remained inundated since July following heavy Hagaa (July-September) rains within the Shabelle basin in Somalia and the Ethiopian highlands. According to the latest rain forecast issued by SWALIM on 12 November, no risk of flooding is foreseen along the Juba and Shabelle rivers.

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