Somalia: 2023 Flash and Riverine Floods Situation Report No. 3 (as of 13 July 2023)

  • Somalia is experiencing severe floods and needs more resources to respond. The situation is expected to worsen if emergency assistance does not reach all people in need.
  • Flooding in the Belet Weyne and Balcad districts displaced 79% of the 1,006 new arrivals who settled into 26 sites in the Banadir region and the UNHCR-led Protection and Return Monitoring Network (PRMN) reports that two percent of the new arrivals were displaced by floods from Belet Weyne and Balcad districts. The Cluster is maintaining its service mapping for evacuation sites in Belet Weyne to monitor IDP movements as well as flag needs and gaps within their sites. Partners are responding to displaced families by prioritizing site improvement activities such as drainage and opening of access roads, as well as maintenance and repair of damaged communal infrastructure. Partners are mapping IDP sites for the distribution of site maintenance toolkits. Partners are registering more than 3,000 families (18,000 people) in Belet Weyne for multi-purpose cash assistance to support the provision of essential services and interventions. Camp Management Committees are being mobilized in flood-prone sites to work with community workers to collect information, support response interventions, and identify needs in respective sites. Partners and community workers are providing information on assistance and messaging on flood risks and where to seek help on emergency assistance.
  • The humanitarian situation in Belet Weyne is dire, with floods displacing an estimated 53% of the population and leaving them in need of food, livelihoods, and protection. There is a need for additional supplies to key life-saving responders (health facilities), like Hiran referral hospital. Protection needs include increased vulnerability to gender-based violence (GBV) in areas affected by floods, increased protection desks and/or hotlines to support family tracing and reunification of separated families, and community-based protection mechanisms to reduce the risks of domestic violence and physical assault. There is also a need to address protection risks to children and their families due to flood displacements in Hiraan region. Child protection needs include the need to address protection risks to children and their families due to flood displacements in Hiraan region. Shelter needs include the urgent need for shelter and non-food items (NFIs) for an overwhelming number of people.
  • Discusses the funding needs for the Somali Humanitarian Response Plan, which is currently only 30.5% funded. The article explains that due to climate change, the Somali weather cycle has been disrupted, which has led to floods and other disasters. The article also discusses the funding that was allocated to partners to provide relief to flood-affected people.

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