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Somali Deputy PM Champions $140M JOSP Initiative to Tackle Floods and Drought in Hirshabelle State

Jowhar (AX) - A distinguished group spearheaded by Deputy Prime Minister Salah Ahmed Jama swooped into Jowhar on Wednesday to inaugurate the Jowhar Offstream Storage Programme (JOSP). This initiative is designed to combat flooding and stave off drought conditions. Greeted warmly by Hirshabelle State President Ali Gudlawe Hussein and local dignitaries, the entourage also featured federal Ministers of Agriculture and Energy and the head honcho of the National Disaster Management Agency. Just last year, the Food and…

Devastating East Africa Floods Claim 528 Lives in the Midst of Intense Rainfall

Over 528 individuals have lost their lives due to heavy downpours and sudden floods wreaking havoc in East Africa, as stated by the United Nations relief agency on Friday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that about 1.6 million individuals have been affected by the calamity, with a majority hailing from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, including around 482,320 people in dire need of shelter.The OCHA revealed that humanitarian organizations throughout East Africa are actively collaborating with…

Escalating Crisis in Somalia: 1 Million Displaced by Drought, Floods, and Conflict

Somalia faces grave environmental and conflict-related issues currently. A historic drought in 2023, extensive flooding in 2024, and rising conflict with Al-Shabab have forced over a million people to flee. In a makeshift camp near Beledweyne, Samira struggles to care for her newborn daughter amidst the chaos caused by drought and conflict. The ongoing strife between the government and Al-Shabab has left many like Samira without basic necessities. The region is facing its worst drought in six decades, reminiscent of the…

Massive Influx of Migrants Floods Lampedusa Through Multiple Entries

A wave of migrant arrivals swarmed the isle of Lampedusa from May 27-28. The shelter hotspot, once empty, now houses 289 individuals. On May 27, 53 migrants, ten of them minors, landed in Lampedusa after a patrol ship intercepted their 10-meter-long vessel. The migrants from Bangladesh, Egypt, and Syria claimed they embarked from Tajura, Libya. Their boat was confiscated, and the group was transported to the Contrada Imbriacola shelter hotspot, now crowded following instructions from the Prefecture of Agrigento. An…

Shabelle River Overflows, Triggering Devastating Floods in Beledweyne

In Beledweyne, floods ravaged the town due to heavy rains causing the Shabelle River to overflow, inundating homes and forcing residents to find safety on higher ground. Government warnings about the intense rains urged people to evacuate, yet the flooding still overwhelmed several neighborhoods, leaving houses partially underwater and families displaced. Commissioner of the Somali Disaster Management Agency (SoDMA), Mahamuud Moallim, discussed with the head of OCHA in Somalia about the coordination of the Humanitarian…

WFP Utilizes Proactive Measures to Lessen Flooding Consequences in Somalia

From high above Beledweyne, Somalia, flooded streets paint a picture of devastation. The UN World Food Program (WFP) announced the successful execution of a proactive plan to minimize the impact of El-Nino-induced floods in Somalia. Implemented across Baardheere, Luuq, Jowhar, and Beledweyne, the pre-emptive strategy aimed to safeguard lives and livelihoods. The WFP, in collaboration with partners, revised and enhanced early warning systems for flood risks, ensuring dissemination to the communities before, during, and after…

Victorious Beledweyne Locals Brave Through Shabelle River Deluge, Triumphantly Reclaim Their Homes

In Beledweyne, residents affected by recent floods are making their way back home despite the obstacles presented by the floodwaters and debris still lingering. The Shabelle River inundated parts of the city, particularly Kooshin and Hawa Taako, displacing many families. Bundaweyn and Wohlwadaag also saw flooding. Even though the roads are mud-covered and cluttered with debris, some families have decided to return. One resident from the Radar branch of Kooshin shared, "We rather return despite the mess as the places we…

Ethiopian Flood Crisis: Impact on 560,000 Individuals Reported by United Nations

Rampant floods from heavy downpours in Ethiopia have impacted more than 560,000 individuals, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The OCHA, in its most recent update, reported that approximately 57,000 people were forced to evacuate due to floods triggered by torrential rains in various regions of the East African nation. These floods have caused extensive damage to homes, public infrastructure, and farmland, exacerbating difficulties for the impacted communities. The…

New Research Debunks El Nino’s Role in East Africa’s Recent Devastating Floods

The scientific community stated that the increase in extreme weather events is a result of climate change, making heavy rainfall more prevalent in the region. The floods caused widespread devastation and claimed the lives of many across East Africa. According to experts, the El Nino weather pattern did not play a role in the deadly flooding that occurred in Kenya, Tanzania, and neighboring countries this year. More than 500 people lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands were displaced due to the torrential rainfall…

Safeguarding Somalia: WFP and SODMA Unveil Proactive Strategy to Combat El Niño Flooding

In Mogadishu, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Somali Disaster Management Agency (SODMA) have activated an Anticipatory Action (AA) plan to prepare for expected floods caused by El Niño in Baardheere, Luuq, Jowhar, and Beletweyne. This plan, which started in April 2024, is the second time the Somalia Anticipatory Action Plan has been put into motion, with the first being in October 2023. The AA plan included sending out early warnings to around 1.9 million people via local radios, ringtones, and social media managed…

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