In the evening of Thursday the 26 April 2018, the region of Jubaland, Galmudug, South West State, Banadir and Hirshabelle in Somalia, were flooded due to the rapid increase of river levels and continued heavy rains affecting 427, 000 people and displacing nearly 175,000 people.
The floods have put various regions in a state of crisis. The flood affected persons find themselves in a desperate situation, with many unmet vital emergency needs such as access to sufficient food, need for safe drinking water, hygiene facilities (and hygiene items), emergency education services and temporary shelter.
The dire situation is further compounded for flood-affected people with vulnerabilities. There is a pressing necessity to provide immediate assistance to minimize loss of life and to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are covered.
The emergency response is currently being coordinated by UNOCHA working together with authorities from affected regions.
To ensure that the humanitarian response is well coordinated and complementary, ACT Somali forum will take part in coordination meetings with all relevant sector stakeholders as they continue to engage through various lines of communication with crisis-affected persons/communities to ensure a humanitarian response that will be based on participation and feedback.
ACT Somali Forum has been working in Somalia (before 2010) and is now helping/planning to help people affected by the floods within the sectors of shelter, Non Food Items and WASH among others.