According to the FAO managed SWALIM, heavy rain started in Ethiopia as a result of the rains, some districts along the river Shabelle including Beledweyne and Jowhar impacted by floods. The flood is recurrent phenomena in these districts and it affects thousands of households every year especially, the Deyr season (September to December). In addition to that, the Deyr rain that has recently started in Somalia has compounded the situation due to the tributaries and streams that contributed to the outburst of the river.
The humanitarian situation at the ground was worsening, floods impacted a large part of the communities and close to 186,000 people have already fled to highlands and near villages. Generally, the floods affected around 60% of Beledweyne inhabitants in the town while most of them are the vulnerable communities who are not able to react swift when such disasters are in place.
For the Second year running, SOYVDA sent a group of volunteers to be a part of the efforts towards responding to the floods. Our main aim was to conduct a reliable assessment in order to know the exact situation at the ground. In addition, to deliver food, shelter and medical aids to the flood affected families.
On the first day, our team managed to distribute food aid to approximately 100 families at a place called Faaf-gumarre, which is 7km away from Beledweyne.
Then during the following days, our team has successfully delivered free medical aid to around five thousand families at the outskirts of Beledweyne city. Furthermore, during our last days at Beledweyne, our team also distributed shelters and mosquito net to vulnerable familes at a place called Ceel-jaale, which is the largest displacement area for the flood affected families.