Bishops in Ireland Reaching Out to Flood Victims in Somalia with Humanitarian Support

People in the Luuq region of Somalia leaving their homes in search of safe shelter. Credit: Trócaire

Bishops in Ireland, through their development arm, Trócaire, are providing healthcare and nutrition services to victims of floods caused by the ongoing El Nino rains in Somalia.

Trócaire reported on Friday, November 17 that more than 200,000 people in Somalia’s Gedo region had been affected by the floods that have seen heavy rains ravage the East African region in the past two weeks.

"With support from the European Union, the Somalia Humanitarian Fund, UK Aid, and UNICEF Somalia, Trócaire is providing healthcare, nutrition, hygiene, and medical supplies to those who have been affected,” officials of the entity said.

They officials said that the heavy rainfalls had caused much damage to the transportation system leading to the closure of roads, which they say is posing a challenge in reaching out to the affected families.

They said that the transportation challenge had disrupted the supply of essential medical supplies to the most affected groups in the region. 


The officials noted that while some people had managed to relocate to safer places or had been evacuated, many others had yet to receive assistance.

They said that the recent floods have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people in Somalia and neighboring countries in the East African region following a historic drought earlier this year.

“A quarter of Somalia’s population is forecast to face crisis-level hunger or worse this year due to drought and floods caused by climate change,” the officials have warned, adding that women, children, and the elderly are the most vulnerable to the heavy flooding.

The officials of the Catholic entity say that the floods have also affected those in the Internally Displaced camps (IDPs) who were unable to escape from the affected area and are now in the country’s Luuq district.

“The flooding has caused extensive damage to the camp, leaving many homes flooded,” the officials of the Irish entity say.

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Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.