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Somalia Floods Response Update – 11 May 2018

Somalia Floods Response Update – 11 May 2018
Flash update #2

Humanitarian situation and needs
  • Increased rainfall since the beginning of April has resulted in a sharp rise in water levels in the Shabelle and Juba rivers, leading to severe flooding in central and southern regions of Somalia. Current flood levels exceed a 50-year return period flood magnitude in Belet Weyne and multiple riverine locations are reporting highest water levels in history. The Shabelle River at Belet Weyne has remained at full bank levels continuously for 16 days. Moderate to heavy rains are projected for the coming week. Riverine and flash flooding are likely to worsen in the coming week.
  • Close to 718,000 people directly affected and 220,000 displaced because of the floods.1 Hiraan, Gedo and Lower Juba regions are the worst affected so far. Belet Weyne town and its surrounding areas have been particularly hard hit with over 204,000 people displaced and most of the town under water
  • The floods have critically impacted crops, shelters and critical service infrastructure, including water, health, nutrition and education facilities. The increased risk of water-borne communicable diseases remains a major threat, and in particular AWD/cholera as the flood affected areas are some of the most at risk regions. Reported priority needs are water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), shelter and food. Nutrition service delivery remains key, as most affected location already had critical levels of acute malnutrition prior to the floods.
  • The WASH Cluster reports that 550,000 people are in critical need of emergency WASH support. The Nutrition Cluster indicates that floods have caused 22 nutrition facilities to close impacting over 6,600 acutely malnourished children. The Education Cluster is also reporting damage and closure of multiple education facilities impacting at least 15,000 children.

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