Heavy rains and flooding have extended to more areas of Somalia, with 33 districts now deluged compared to 21 two weeks ago; and have swept away 14 more people, pushing the death toll to 55 people, including 14 children.
A significant increase in cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera is reported, with 383 cases recorded in 21 districts; a 43.5 per cent increase compared to last week. Malaria cases have also gradually increased in the past two months.
Partners are concerned that contaminated stagnant water around the schools poses a serious risk of waterborne diseases for learners. Efforts are underway to drain water from the schools but authorities are appealing for support to accomplish the task.
Humanitarian partners, authorities and local communities have stepped up assistance to affected people, reaching at least 743,000 people across Somalia with some form of aid.
The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has awarded 34 grants, amounting to US$15 million to 29 organizations. The focus is on Gedo, Hiraan and Middle Shabelle regions and the projects will prioritize protection, food security, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter and non-food items.
1.7M People affected by heavy rain and floods
695K People displaced from their homes
245K People living in 54 relocation sites
55 Deaths reported across the country Districts affected across the country
Heavy rains and flooding have extended to more areas of Somalia, with 33 of Somalia’s 74 districts now deluged compared to 21 two weeks ago. The floods have also swept away 14 more people, pushing the death toll to 55 people from 41 last as of 17 November, including 14 children. Most newly affected districts are in South West State, Hirshabelle and Jubaland states, and Banadir region. The expanding emergency has affected at least 1.7 million people across Somalia, of whom 695,000 are displaced from their homes; an increase of 41,000 from last week. Vast swathes of farmland have been engulfed, properties destroyed and infrastructure damaged. In Luuq, the main bridge is flooded and at risk of being swept away. Buurdhubo bridge in Baardhere has been destroyed.
Flooding is continuing along the entire Juba river with increasing magnitude at Baardhere and downstream at Saakow, Bualle and Jilib, according to FAO-Somalia Water and Information Management (SWALIM). In addition, flooding is reported in Belet Weyne and Bulo Burto with projected high risk at Jowhar. More heavy rain is expected in southern Somalia during the week ending 28 November.
During the reporting period, a significant increase in the number of cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera is reported, with 383 cases recorded in 21 districts; a 43.5 per cent increase compared to last week. According to the Health Cluster, cases have increased in Afgooye, Baidoa, Burhakaba, Marka, Kismayo and Belet Hawa districts. In addition, cases of malaria have increased in the past two months. This comes as heavy rains and floods continue to batter health facilities in Somalia. As of 22 November, 48 facilities in 33 districts are either completely closed or submerged. To continue providing services, 15 facilities have been relocated to new settlements. In north Gaalkacyo hospital, which has been flooded and out of use since 5 November, a partner is supporting the administration to pump out the water and build elevated latrines. In total, 1.17 million people lack access to healthcare services in Somalia. In addition, a growing number of people affected by floods lack access to safe water and proper sanitation, which increases the risk of water-borne diseases. Partners are concerned that stagnant water, wherever it is, will exacerbate the risk of water-borne diseases.
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