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UNICEF support reaches families affected by Cyclone Sagar

UNICEF Somalia/2018/Mohmoud Abdi Ahmed
© UNICEF Somalia/2018/Mohmoud Abdi Ahmed
School destroyed by Cyclone Sagar.

By Jamal Abdi Sarman, Communications Officer, UNICEF Hargeisa

Hargeisa, Somaliland, May 30, 2018 - UNICEF was among the first to respond following the powerful tropical cyclone which caused death and widespread destruction in Somaliland. Some 168,000 were affected by Cyclone Sagar which hit the coast of north-western Somaliland and Djibouti on 18 May bringing heavy rains and flooding and causing devastation and death.

The Somaliland authorities estimated 50 people died and seven are still missing following the cyclone with winds in excess of 120 km/hour which brought a year’s worth of rain to some areas. Three quarters of the livestock were killed along with major damage of water systems and health facilities and 39 schools were damaged or destroyed with a major impact on children.

UNICEF worked closely with the NADFOR (the Somaliland disaster management agency), the Somaliland Vice President’s office and district authorities and supported the Somaliland Ministries of Health and Water and the NGO CCBRS to transport supplies which were distributed to the affected families watched by the Governor of Awdal region, Abdurahamn Ahmed Ali and Lughaya Mayor, Abdillahi Ahmed Ali.

UNICEF Somalia/2018/Mohmoud Abdi Ahmed
© UNICEF Somalia/2018/Mohmoud Abdi Ahmed
Families affected by Tropical Cyclone Sagar receiving much needed UNICEF Supplies - Lughaya.

“I would like to thank UNICEF for being the first to intervene and provide much needed support. The affected communities are grateful and will remember this gesture for years to come,” said the Mayor of Lughaya.

UNICEF, with funding from DFID distributed hygiene kits in plastic buckets containing household supplies, including soap and aquatabs along with information materials on preventing Acute Watery Diarrhoea to Lughaya, Zeila and Baki districts of Awdal. UNICEF also sent 20 emergency health kits with medical supplies for 20,000 people, 100,000 sachets of Oral Rehydration Salts, plastic sheeting, recreational kits, four large tents and mosquito nets and supported three mobile health teams.



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