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Somalia    Somalia   

Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the Northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa's mainland. Wikipedia

Capital: Mogadishu

Population: 15.89 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: Somali shilling

President: Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo

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Heavy rainfall, floods, and flash floods have caused widespread devastation in Somalia since the onset of the Gu Rainy Season from April to June, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). As many as 170,000 people have been affected, with 140,000 of them displaced, in several areas of the country.

The worst-hit areas have been identified as Baardheere District in the Gedo Region, which is part of Jubaland State, and Baidoa District in the Bay Region, which is in the South West State. Flash floods that occurred in Baardheere District from 21 to 24 March resulted in the loss of more than 21 lives, and caused significant damage to health and nutrition centers, primary schools, and a secondary school in the area.

Humanitarian partners are currently engaged in emergency response efforts to provide assistance to the affected states, including Galmudug State, Hirshabelle State, South West State, and Jubaland State.

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours predicts moderate rain over the northern and southern areas of Somalia, which may further exacerbate the situation and impact the ongoing relief efforts. The situation remains critical, and humanitarian agencies are working tirelessly to provide essential aid and support to those affected by the floods in Somalia.

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Humanitarian Impact
  175,000
      Affected Persons
  140,000
        Displaced Persons

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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