Somalia Floods Displace Tens of Thousands

The worst floods in recent history have displaced more than 270,000 people in Somalia’s Hiraan region. Access to food and healthcare services are urgently needed. Our emergency response is underway to reach 30,000 displaced people, but more support is needed. Give today to equip us with the resources to respond quickly and effectively where the needs are greatest.



Floodwaters have inundated 80% of the urban areas in Beletweyne district, located in central Somalia's Hiraan region.

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Floodwaters have inundated 80% of the urban areas in Beletweyne district, located in central Somalia's Hiraan region.


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