Heavy seasonal rainfall has caused extensive flooding in many parts of the country. River banks broke in the Balcad and Marka districts causing extensive damage to homes and farmlands. The aftermath of the floods has forced hundreds of thousands of displaced families to look for a new home. The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has been at the forefront assisting families with safe transportation, sandbags, aqua tabs and food. Items such as tarpaulins and mats have been delivered to 2000 households living in displacement camps. Hygiene kits and information have been provided to the families in order to reduce the risk of acute water diarrhea.
“These are our people, our brothers and sisters, we have to help them during these trying times. We have assisted them get their remaining belongings from their houses and look for ways to transport them to higher grounds” – Adan Ahmed Eman, SRCS Volunteer, Afgooye.
The SRCS had distributed sandbags aiding over 94,000 people to protect themselves and their farms from floods. In flood emergency, sandbags help prevent flooding from destroying farms further and it creates pathways for people to use.©SRCS.
Heavy downpour in Hirshabelle and South West States has destroyed farms and crops. Communities living in these areas are amongst the worst hit with the extreme flooding leading to displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.©SRCS.
The SRCS teams continue to assist flood victims in Jowhar, Balcad and Afgoye districts. These families are being evacuated and transported by local boats to reach land. To help displaced people, the SRCS together with the ICRC have delivered tarpaulins and mosquito nets.©SRCS.
Flood affected families are using carts as a means of transportation. SRCS volunteers help these communities by carrying their belongings to safer grounds.©SRCS.
With the heavy floods, a majority of communities living in Jowhar and Balcad have been left displaced leaving their houses behind. A volunteer from the SRCS assists a woman with her bag of clothes.©SRCS.
Teams are using microphones to promote best hygiene practices in market places and displacement camps. For the communities to access clean and safe water, the SRCS has delivered aqua tabs to purify water.©SRCS.
Livestock is the livelihood of most communities in Somalia. A family transports their livestock on a boat in Balcad district.©SRCS.