Saturday, July 13, 2024

Somalia ramps up flood mitigation response as death toll nears 100

Monday November 27, 2023

The Somali government and humanitarian agencies have stepped up mitigation measures, including rescue operations in flood-prone areas as the death toll from El Nino-induced heavy rains and flash flooding has risen to nearly 100.

The Somalia Disaster Management Agency (SODMA) said on Saturday that at least 96 people have died from the devastating floods which have affected 2.3 million others in Somalia.

The United Nations has warned that the devastating floods have exacerbated Somalia’s hunger crisis with about 4.3 million people forecast to face crisis-level hunger or worse (IPC3+) by the end of the year.

The raging flash floods have also destroyed infrastructure and disrupted trade, education, and food supply services across the country

SODMA Commissioner Mohamuud Moalim said more than 900,000 people have been displaced across the country as the government and humanitarian agencies rush against time to rescue those who have been marooned.

“Out of 96 deaths, 28 of them died in a boat that capsized after al-Shabab struck,” Moalim told journalists in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, on Saturday.

He called for coordinated flood mitigation efforts and urged citizens to remain vigilant as more downpours are still expected in the coming days.

El Nino is a climate pattern that occurs every two to seven years, while the Indian Ocean Dipole is a climate pattern linked to sea surface temperatures in the ocean.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) education across Somalia has been adversely affected by heavy rains and floods.

“There is an urgent need for temporary learning spaces and replacement of lost learning materials,” OCHA said on Sunday.

The UN agency said humanitarian agencies are targeting 225,000 students at risk of dropping out of school due to the impact of the devastating floods.

On Thursday, the cabinet said during its weekly meeting chaired by Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre that the government is working round the clock to help the people affected by the floods as heavy rains continue to pound the country that is still reeling from one of the most severe droughts in 40 years.

The cabinet also called on humanitarian agencies and the Somali business community to help the people affected by the flash floods, the worst in decades.

According to SODMA, an estimated 4,000 livestock have been lost and over 136,000 properties have either been damaged or destroyed.

The disaster agency said it has reached over 24,000 households with some form of humanitarian aid.

The floods come after the worst drought in four decades following five failed rainy seasons which has decimated livestock and crops, pushing the country to the brink of famine.

According to humanitarian agencies, the floods are the latest in a series of extreme weather events in recent years to hit Somalia, where communities find themselves at the sharp end of the global climate crisis.

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