THOUSANDS OF SOMALI CHILDREN IN NEED OF SUPPORT IN THE WAKE OF CYCLONE PAWAN

Wednesday 11 December 2019

THOUSANDS OF SOMALI CHILDREN IN NEED OF SUPPORT IN THE WAKE OF CYCLONE PAWAN

More than 200,000 people in the coastal regions of Bari, Nugaal and Sanaag in Puntland, Somalia are in need of urgent humanitarian support after cyclone Pawan made landfall on Friday night, causing strong winds, heavy rains and flash floods.

According to an inter-agency assessment report issued by Puntland’s Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Agency (HADMA), the cyclone has killed at least six people, destroyed a number of homes, farms, roads and telecommunications lines, and cut off whole communities.  It is feared that several water A number of water points, wells and boreholes were also destroyed leaving many communities without clean water. 

Although the extent of the damage is yet to be established, initial report from HADMA,  thousands of pastoralists lost their livestock, and at least 40 fishing boats have been destroyed. As a result, the government has declared a state of emergency and advised people to limit movements due to the on-going heavy rains causing flash floods.

Save the Children is on the ground, monitoring the situation closely and ready to deploy humanitarian teams in the area to provide lifesaving support including clean water, health and nutrition and appeals for immediate support to affected children and their families.  

Save the Children’s Puntland Area Representative, Mohamed Abdulkadir, said:

“In the wake of cyclone Pawan we are seeing thousands of children in desperate need of basic supplies like food, clean water, and shelter. To avoid the outbreak of diseases, health teams must be deployed on time.  We must act now to avoid this situation becoming still more fatal.  “

Puntland is one of several regions in Somalia hugely affected by prolonged drought since 2017 where most families lost their livestock and livelihoods and they are yet to recover. Since the beginning of the year, Save the Children has been responding to food shortages in the area through its Short Term Regional Emergency Response Project supported by Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and African Development Bank. To respond to the immediate needs of the cyclone affected families, Save the Children will be providing health

 

 

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  1. Said Isse, Communications Coordinator

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  1. Mowlid Mudan, Communication and Media Manager

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