Somalia Floods Situation Report No. 10

from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 22 Dec 1997
Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0875

Situation Updates

1. The U.N. Resident Coordinator for Somalia reports that the most recent death toll (confirmed figures) stands at 1830 (as of 19 December) with at least 230,000 people displaced. Population remaining at risk is estimated at 1 million.

2. Livestock reported lost now amounts to 32,939 and 60,000 hectares of crop and farm land have been destroyed. The figures given in the last Situation Report No 9, concerning the loss of stored grains (35,000 tons), and the expected reduction in the january harvest production (down to 60,000 tonnes from 95,000 tonnes ) remain the same.

3. The health situation remains serious. Lack of drinking water, as well as of proper sanitation, and an increase of malaria carrying mosquitoes have resulted in an increase in malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections. Recent deaths being reported are nearly all a result of diseases.

Relief Operations - Logistics

4. Helicopters: A third Mi-8 helicopter from Mozambique has arrived in the Kenyan base of Garissa. The use of helicopters has contributed to a very clear picture of the present situation on the ground, particularly in assessing where people are stranded, what are the most affected villages and where people took shelter:

5. Air Operations: Garissa is still the main dispatch point for aircraft, while in Somalia, the bases are Kismayo and Bardera. However, one Caravan and one C-130 (Hercules) are not available any more: One C-130 is continuing air drops from Mombasa, the other C-130 is used solely for WFP operations for the flood victims in Kenya. Air drops have reached an estimated 50,000 people.

6. Boat Operations: Boats are operational in Bardera (3), Bualle (4), Jamame (4), Sakow (4), Marere (2), Jowhar (2) and Belet Weyne (2). The total number of operational boats in the field is 21.

Relief Operation - Assistance Provided

7. From 10 to 17 December, air operations delivered 243 tonnes of maize and lentils. Total food distribution up to 17 December amounted to 2,195 tonnes, reaching 304,100 beneficiaries.

8. In the Juba Valley, non-food relief items delivered to date include:

- 1,498 rolls of tarpaulin, providing shelter for 152,100 people.

- 94,627 blankets, serving 47,313 families.

- 11,592 cartons of HPB biscuits, assisting 10,602 families for one week.

- 443,6 tonnes of Supermix, targeting 7,895 families with children under 5.

- 392 resettlement kits including mosquito nets, sleeping bags, First Aid kits, cooking equipment, etc.

- 21,895 collapsible jerrycans (one per family)

Other supplies delivered include water tanks, 3 drums chlorine, health supplies, fuel, generators, 87,316 sand bags for flood prevention and other logistical supplies.

Coordination Arrangement

9. DHA-Geneva is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions, to be used in the immediate relief phase, in coordination and consultation with the relevant organisations of the United Nations system. DHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilisation of the funds contributed.

10. Donors wishing to channel their contributions through DHA can transfer funds to DHA account No. CO - 590.160.1 at the Swiss Bank Corporation, Case Postale 2770, CH - 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, with reference Somalia, DHA - Geneva.

11. Contributions can also be received by the Somalia Flood Response at UNICEF Somalia, Nairobi (Dr. A. Paganini, Representative), Tel: 254-2-623 950/2, Fax: 254-2 520 640.

12. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform DHA - Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions, pledges or contributions and their corresponding values by item.

Telephone number: + 41 22 917 1234
In case of emergency only: + 41 22 917 2010
Desk Officer: Guillaume de Montravel, direct tel: + 41 22 917 1481
Contact for medias: Ms M. Moulin-Acevedo, direct tel:
+ 41 22 917 2856
Telex 41 42 42 dha ch
Fax: + 41 22 917 0023
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