According to the last reports of key sources including Somaliland Presidency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Republic of Somaliland, and other relevant government institutions of the Republic of Somaliland; on the negative impact of the Tropical Cyclone SAGAR formed in the Gulf of Aden hit Somaliland on 19 May 2018, it has affected several communities living along the coast in the regions of Awdal, Sahil, Selel, and Sanaag, and the villages that bore the brunt of cyclone landing are: Lughaya, Geeri, Bulahar, Ceel sheikh, Abdi Geedi, Hadayta, Sabawanaag and Adhicadays. It has also affected coastal settlements under Sanaag region mostly fishing communities.
31 people are confirmed to have lost their lives, and four people are missing and assumed dead
It is estimated that up to 12,450 families have been affected. Some of the villages have been totally flattened to the ground. A large number of livestock died. They were either swept by the floods or died from hypothermia. The farms that lined up the seasonal rivers have been washed away. The fishing village that dotted the coastal line lost most of their boats.
The most essential needs required as urgent relief assistance for the affected communities include:-
The cyclone knocked off some of the communication towers rendering large coastal areas incommunicado.
Assistance and pledges have been received so far from:
- The government
- Local communities
- Amoud Foundation and
- OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference)
Djibouti provided yesterday a military helicopter which took a small team lead by the Vice President to survey the area. The UAE also provided two helicopters which carried 4 tons of food to Lug Haya village today. The emergency response is coordinated by a committee lead by the Vice President and the Disaster Manger Authority (NADFOR). The assistance provided so far falls well short of what is needed.
There is an emergency need for food, water and shelter and a long term need for:
- Rebuilding the villages
- Rehabilitating farms
- Restocking lost livestock
- Replacing lost boats
- Repairing or building roads
- Reconstructing water systems
A comprehensive assessment is also needed to make sure the real extent of the damages in the affected districts and settlements.
Somaliland Government is appealing to the international community for immediate response and long term commitment.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
Hargeisa, Republic of Somaliland
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