UN Appeals for Increased Aid Following Easing of Devastating Rains in Somalia

The United Nations’ humanitarian wing issued an urgent plea Monday for extra funds to address the fallout from the Gu rains (April-June) in Somalia as dry spells are forecasted soon.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that 10 people lost their lives and 268,359 others were impacted by the rains, which also ravaged crops, public amenities, and other sources of livelihood.

“Rapid needs assessments have been deployed in Hirshabelle, Jubaland, and Northeastern State States,” OCHA stated in its latest release from Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, “and data has been gathered in several districts.”

Most inland regions anticipate dry conditions shortly, while light showers might grace the southern coastal areas, according to OCHA.

The UN agency also noted the Gu rains are tailing off, making way for the Hagaa season. Expect heavier rains in Lower Juba, Middle Juba, Lower Shabelle, and Awdal, alongside drier scenarios in Togdheer, Sool, and Sanaag regions.

Nevertheless, OCHA pointed out an increase in acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/cholera incidents nationwide. This spike is linked to inadequate clean water due to flooded wells, severe child malnutrition, poor sanitation, and trouble accessing medical facilities.

In response to the cholera surge last week, OCHA funneled $2 million U.S. dollars from the Central Emergency Response Fund. This aid supports UN bodies and their affiliates in delivering critical assistance to 60,000 affected individuals in Somalia.

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