The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has stated that it is prepared to assist Somalia in dealing with floods caused by a rare “super El Nino” in the country.
“IOM Somalia is currently deploying teams in the field and is getting ready to provide emergency assistance across the country and begin rolling out its flood preparedness and mitigation response in the coming weeks,” the UN migration agency said in a statement issued Tuesday evening in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.
The statement was issued after IOM Director-General Amy Pope completed her visit to Somalia on Tuesday, following taking over the agency’s leadership on October 1.
According to Pope, the visit focused on how the IOM might continue to assist the Somali government in addressing the difficulties.
“We need to proactively tackle forced migration that has been caused by environmental factors; to provide aid and protection to those displaced by climate adversities, and always be in search of durable solutions; and to streamline migration in the context of climate change adaptation, fortifying the resilience of affected communities,” she went on to say.
According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 2.3 million Somalis have been displaced in the country as a result of climate-related hazards and disasters. According to the IOM, Somalia has more than 3.8 million internally displaced people, making it one of the world’s largest internally displaced populations.