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IDPs in Somalia displaced by heavy rains and windstorms in need of immediate humanitarian help

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The local government of Galkacyo conducted an inter-agency coordination conference on May 12, 2022, when they requested help from humanitarian partners to address the immediate and urgent humanitarian needs identified in 18 of the city’s 20 tent camps. This comes after torrential rains and windstorms hit North Galkacyo on May 10, affecting the city of Galkayo and its neighbouring territories, where the camps are located. Approximately 4,416 internally displaced individuals (736 HH) residing in 18 of the 20 documented camps are the most severely affected by the crisis. These 18 camps near Galkayo are home to roughly 40,254 internally displaced persons (IDPs) or 6,709 households.

Staff and volunteers from the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) Galkayo Branch promptly mobilized and began assisting the affected villages, as well as conducting a rapid damage assessment. On May 11, SRCS took part in an interagency quick assessment in all 18 impacted IDP camps, which was organized by North Galkacyo Municipality in collaboration with OCHA and included other partners. Rains and windstorms devastated IDP shelters and other communal assets such as latrines, health facilities, schools, and other communal assets, according to preliminary information from the SRCS and interagency fast assessment. According to the evaluation, there were approximately 4,416 internally displaced individuals (736 HH) who needed humanitarian aid.

As a result, SRCS is requesting IFRC assistance through the Disaster Aid Emergency Fund (DREF) to offer relief to the most vulnerable families in IDP settlements, in collaboration with the local authorities and humanitarian organizations. SRCS will assist the impacted population with the ongoing response by providing emergency shelters, NFIs, WASH, Food security and livelihood, CEA and PGI, and a mobile health team, according to an inter-agency coordination meeting held on May 12, 2022. For more updates on the ongoing situation in Somalia, subscribe to our daily newsletter.


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