Since March, more than 25 people have been murdered and at least 468,000 have been affected by flash floods in Somalia, with 247,000 displaced, according to the UN humanitarian agency.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported moderate to heavy rains in numerous locations of Somalia, triggering flash and riverine flooding.
“Several parts of the country are likely to experience replenished groundwater sources and regenerated vegetation, but much more rainfall will be required to effectively relieve the impact of extended drought,” OCHA stated in its most recent statement.
The severe rains and flooding follow five seasons of drought that have displaced over 1.4 million Somalis and destroyed 3.8 million cattle since mid-2021, according to the UN.
According to the OCHA, flood water has begun to recede in the worst-affected district of Beledweyne and nearby regions, but stagnant pools are impeding the return of displaced persons and raising the danger of waterborne infections.
It stated that humanitarian partners have increased support to flood victims in several parts of Somalia. The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has provided $3 million to partners to offer safe drinking water, sanitation aid, non-food goods, and health services to flood victims across Somalia.
According to the UN, further flooding is likely later this year as a result of the predicted El Nino, which will result in additional displacement, fatalities, and infections.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Somalia Water and Land Information Management, heavy rain is expected to persist in sections of the northern regions, while light rain is expected in many locations in the middle and southern regions.