Ethiopia: Flooding displaced over 30,000 in Somali region

ESAT News (May 23, 2018)

Flooding caused by Tropical Storm Sagar has displaced 31,300 people in the Somali region of Eastern Ethiopia, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a report today.

The humanitarian organization said in Somali region alone, flooding affected more than 52,170 households (313,000 people), of whom 31,300 households are displaced.

The report said houses were damaged and livelihoods destroyed. Damages to public infrastructures, including health posts and schools also interrupted already scant services.

Heavy rains and strong winds from the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Sagar continued to caused flooding and displacement.

In Somalia at least 30 people have died due to heavy rains and flooding.

The United Nations has appealed for $80 million to help pay for the damage caused by a tropical cyclone in the Horn of Africa.