Homes flooded after river Shabelle ran over in Belet Weyne Capital City of Hiran, Somalia. Image: Ahmed Qeys.

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for flooding in Somalia on 7 May, caused by weeks of heavy rainfall.

The rainwater has caused the Shabelle and Juba rivers to run over and flood parts of HirShabelle, Jubbaland and South West state. As a result, more than 200,000 people had to be evacuated and emergency settlements are being built up for the victims. However, limited access to clean water might increase infections of water-borne diseases.

The activation has been requested by UNITAR-UNOSAT on behalf of United Nations Office for the Coordination of... read more

Publishing Date: 11/05/2018
Evaporative stress index in the Horn of Africa. Image courtesy of NASA.
Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared the current drought as a national disaster at the Drought Committee meeting in Mogadishu on 28 February 2017. The country’s Prime Minister added that at least 110 people have died from starvation in the past 48 hours. The drought has been partly caused by the El Niño phenomenon in east and southern Africa and also by the lack of rain during recent years. Domestic animals are dying in large numbers and there are more than 6 million people facing food insecurity. Some humanitarian groups fear a full-blown famine to come. In addition to the lack of food, there are also many cases of dehydration. Dozens of deaths caused by cholera have been reported, as there is no clean drinking water. The full impact of the drought on the... read more
Publishing Date: 07/03/2017

The Multi-sensor Evolution Analysis (MEA) platform supports Earth Observation communities in loading, visualizing and analysing multi-dimensional datasets. Implemented in the framework of the European Space Agency ASIM project, MEA has been recently adopted in the European Commission EarthServer initiative as graphic user interface of the Climate Data Service. MEA is a multi-product satellite data management... read more

Publishing Date: 19/11/2013
Tropical Cyclone 3A is just the fifth storm to strike the country since 1966

Somalia experienced one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in its history when on November 10–11, 2013, Tropical Cyclone 3A moved over Puntland causing flash floods that according to news reports left more than 100 dead and destroyed hundreds of homes as well as thousands of livestock. It was estimated that Tropical Cyclone 3A would dump 100-200 millimeters (4-8 inches) of rain, with potentially higher amounts in some regions, which results impressive given that the average annual rainfall in Puntland ranges from less than 100 mm (4 inches) to 200 mm (8 inches).

Tropical Cyclone 3A is just the fifth storm to strike Somalia since 1966, fact that states how rare are cyclones in this country. With winds of 74 kilometers... read more

Publishing Date: 14/11/2013


NAIROBI, 17 August 2009 (IRIN) - Some rains have fallen in northern Somalia, but this has not stopped an exodus of drought-affected people from rural areas to urban centres in Somaliland, local officials said.

"We know that hundreds of thousands have [been] displaced to urban centres," said Abdihakim Garaad Mohamoud, Deputy Minister at the Somaliland Ministry of Resettlement, Reintegration and Rehabilitation.

"Every city in Somaliland has a huge number of displaced people because of the recent drought," he added. "It has affected 60 percent of the rural population, whether they are pastoralists or agro-pastoralists. From east to west, south to north, every place in Somaliland has been affected."

Across towns... read more

Around 1,000 families have been displaced by flooding after heavy rains in an area straddling the border between Ethiopia and the self-declared independent republic of Somaliland, according to officials.

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Status Update: 7 September 2011 (14:00 CEST)


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The Data Exchange Platform for the Horn of Africa is an inter-agency initiative of the UN and other humanitarian organizations operating in the Horn of Africa. It was launched in 2002 to meet mission-critical data and services, and increase the information base for humanitarian, emergency and development communities, in the seven countries of the Horn, namely - Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Uganda.

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