April 2013, Hiraan, Somalia: Since April, flash floods have affected thousands of people across central and southern Somalia. Here, boys swim in the dangerously swollen River Shabelle near the town of Belet Weyne. Photo: Radio Ergo.
April 2013, Hiraan, Somalia: Somalia has two distinct rainy seasons the Gu, long rains that fall between March and June that support the main cropping season and the Deyr short rains, which usually fall from October to December. In the low-lying town of Belet Weyne, raging floods triggered by the Gu have forced thousands from their homes. Photo: Radio Ergo
April 2013, Hiraan, Somalia: A boy fetches water from the flooded streets of Belet Weyne, in southern Somalia. The flood waters washed out latrines, carrying waste that increases the risk of cholera and acute water diarrhea outbreaks. Photo: OCHA/Partners
April 2013, Hiraan, Somalia: A boy tries to corral his family’s goats as they leave their flooded home in Belet Weyne. Heavy rains could continue until June, when the Gu rains normally come to an end. Photo: Radio Ergo
April 2013, Hiraan, Somalia: Travelers wade slowly along a flooded road. The rains render many roads impassable, and impede access to those most in need of humanitarian assistance. Many of those displaced by the rains are left without proper shelter and are exposed to water borne diseases and malaria. Photo: Radio Ergo
March 2013, Galgaduud, Somalia: A boy walks through receding flood waters near the town of Cabuduwaaq, central Somalia. At least 2,500 people living in IDP camps that surround the town were affected by flash floods. Credit: OCHA/ Russell Geekie
March 2013, Galgaduud, Somalia: These women and children lost their home when floods hit the town Cabuduwaaq. Aid agencies have distributed food supplies and shelter to those worst affected. Photo: OCHA/ Russell Geekie
March 2013, Galgaduud, Somalia: 73-year-old Isack Dahir Hilowle stands inside his rebuilt makeshift shelter (or buul) on the outskirts of Cabudwaaq in central Somalia. He and his eleven family members lost virtually everything when a storm triggered flash flooding over a month ago. Photo: OCHA/Russell Geekie