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Somalia – Further flooding has struck in parts of Somalia, with over 10,000 people affected in South West State over the last few days. Wide areas of the country have seen unusually strong “Hagaa season” rainfall which has caused flash and riverine flooding in particular from mid July. Since then, 6 fatalities have been reported and at least 120,000 people displaced and 191,000 affected in Hirshabelle, South West, Jubaland States and Banadir region. Further flooding struck after rivers broke their banks in Marka district, South West State, on 01 August, 2020. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), flooding has damaged homes and crops. Around 6,000 people have been displaced and moved to nearby Internally displaced people (IDPs) sites.

Floods in Afgooye district Lower Shabelle Somalia July 2020 UN OCHA

Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Civil Defense (CDD) reports that ongoing heavy rain across the country has prompted dozens of high water rescues. Rescues were carried out in Makkah, Al Madinah, ‘Asir, Jizan, and Al Bahah regions. In a period 26 July to 04 August, a total of 77 people have been rescued and around 600 evacuated their homes and moved to temporary shelter. Asir region was reportedly the worst affected. In addition, CDD reported that 3 people have died in separate flood incidents in Baish in Jizan, Adham in Makkah and Najran in Najran Region.

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