Somalia is experiencing one of the worst floods in recent years. Most riverine areas along the Juba and Shabelle rivers across Hirshabelle, Jubaland and South West states have been inundated. The humanitarian impact of the floods is devastating. According to UN OCHA as of 31 October, more than 270,000 people have been displaced, of whom 230,000 are in Belet-Weyne district, according to UNHCR-Protection Return Monitoring Network (PRMN). Farmland, infrastructure and roads have been destroyed, and livelihoods disrupted in some of the worst-hit areas. Casualties have been reported but numbers are unknown. SWALIM estimates that floods in Middle Shabelle have damaged more than 10,000 hectares of cropland in Jowhar and Mahaday Weyne. OCHA is working with authorities and humanitarian partners to scale up the response.
In Jubaland State, the water levels in the Juba river have receded gradually during the week. However, Baardheere town in Gedo region remains inundated. Thirty other villages along the Juba river from Bu’ale to Gobweyn have been affected by river spillage. There are reports of displacement and movement of people to higher grounds. According to the Lower Juba governor’s office, 2,500 to 3,000 households have been affected by the floods.
The government also established emergency committee to coordinate efforts to support the affected areas.