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Somalia: Floods force thousands from their homes

23 Oct 2019


Flooding in Bardheere, Somalia, in October 2019. Credit: UNFAO  

Flooding linked to heavy rainfall along Somalia’s two major rivers, the Shabelle and the Juba, has affected thousands of people. By 21 October the floods had displaced 72,000 from Belet Weyne town, one of the worst-affected areas.

OCHA is working with local authorities and humanitarian partners to scale up response. We are continuing to monitor the situation.

The Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia, seeking $1.08 billion to assist 3.4 million people in need, is 69 per cent funded. 

Somalia is facing its worst harvest since the famine in 2011, due to late and erratic rains earlier in the rainy season, which caused drought conditions in parts of the country and flooding in other areas. Up to 6 million people in Somalia are projected to be food insecure.