Somalia: Flash Update 5 Humanitarian Impact of Heavy Rains | 27 November 2015

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Situation overview

The amount of rainfall in most areas of Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia and in the Ethiopian Highlands continued to reduce, according to the FAO-Managed Somalia Land and Water Information Network (SWALIM).

Except for Jowhar, the river levels are currently within normal range in most sections of the two rivers. While the flood risk from River Juba remains moderate, there remains a risk of flooding along the lower and middle reaches of River Shabelle, mainly due to existing open river banks and weak river embankments.

Little progress has been made in repairing the damage to infrastructure caused by flooding. Meanwhile, humanitarian response to help those affected by floods and in need is ongoing.
Some of the displaced people have returned to their villages.

The displacements related to the floods have been shortterm as most people fled within the vicinity of their homes.

Humanitarian impact and needs

Cumulatively, an estimated 144,000 people have been affected since the onset of the heavy rains and the resultant flooding in mid-October, according to SWALIM and partners. Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Juba and Middle Shabelle regions are the most affected.

While rains have reduced in some regions, in Lower Shabelle region, heavy rains were reported in Afgooye district and in Janaale. There were also heavy rains in Bulo-Mareer and Shalambood in Marka district. Transportation along the main roads has been hampered. The AfgooyeAwdhegle road, as well as the road between Mashane and Waagle in Marka district, has been affected.

Meanwhile, in some regions increased cases of Acute Watery Diarhoea (AWD) were reported. In Banadir region, cases of AWD were reported in Hamarweyne and Hawlwadaag districts of Mogadishu. Three children under age 5 died in Hamarweyne and a number of patients are admitted at Banadir hospital. Increased cases of malarial disease as well as AWD were also reported in Gedo region. In Middle Shabelle, three people died and nine others were affected by AWD in Baqdad and Sabun villages.

In Galgaduud region, an increase in admission of malnutrition cases in nutrition centers was reported in Dhusamareb district. This can be attributed, in part, to an increase in diarhoea cases.

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