Thousands displaced by flooding along the Shabelle River, Somalia

Humanitarian organizations in Somalia report that flooding along the Shabelle River has displaced thousands of families. Two young children have reportedly died as a result of the flooding.

The non-governmental organization African Relief & Development (ARD-AFRICAN) reported flooding along the Shabelle River in areas between Jowhar and Balkad in the Middle Shabelle region since August 11, 2021.

Several villages were affected, including Boodaale, where 2 children were reported dead, and more than 500 families were displaced from their homes to higher ground. Other villages along the river were also affected, including Xawaadleey. An estimated total of 2,000 families were displaced and 400 hectares of crops destroyed, ARD-AFRICAN reported.

As of August 15, 2021, the water level in the Shabelle River at the Jowhar gauging station exceeded the moderate risk level (5 meters) to 5.10 meters, the highest level this year. The high risk level here is 5.25 meters. Over the past 3 weeks, the river level has steadily risen after dropping in June and July. As of July 27, the level was only 2.5 meters.

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