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Flood in Somalia

Flash floods in Somalia are now affecting over 460,000 people according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Flooding began in March, after three years of drought, but in early May the Shabelle River burst its banks, flooding the town of Beledweyne in the centre of the country. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations estimated that 79% of the city was flooded, and over 210,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes. It was described as the worst flooding the country has experienced since 1991.

22 people are reported to have been killed since March, and the floods have damaged both infrastructure and agriculture, washing away houses, crops and livestock.

Type of Event:Floods
Location of Event:Somalia
Date of Charter Activation:2023-05-24
Time of Charter Activation:14:08
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:UNITAR on behalf of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Activation ID:821
Project Management:Zachary Foltz (Argans)
act-value-adders:Ida Svendsen (UNOSAT)



Satellite Detected Flooding over Beledweyne City in the Hiraan Region of Somalia

Source: Jilin-1 and Pleiades
Acquired: Jilin-1: 12/05/2023
Pleiades: 25/05/2023

Category: Delineation Map

Copyright: Jilin-1 Imagery © 21AT (2023)
Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2023), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by UNOSAT and UNITAR.

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