SOMALIA / FLOODS AID

04-Nov-2019 00:04:57
The United Nations has joined the national efforts to provide immediate assistance to tens of thousands of people affected by floods that have devastated parts of Somalia, especially Belet Weyne district in Hirshabelle State. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / FLOODS AID
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGAUGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 4 NOVEMBER 2019, BELET WEYNE, SOMALIA / 4 NOVEMBER 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
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4 NOVEMBER 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

1. Wide shot, a truck carrying life-saving emergency food relief
2. Med shot, food relief being loaded on to a WFP helicopter
3. Wide shot, the plane being loaded
4. Wide shot, loading
5. Med shot, loading
6. Close up, WFP helicopter prepares to take off
7. Wide shot, the helicopter, taxing
8. Wide shot, helicopter taking off

4 NOVEMBER 2019, BELET WEYNE, SOMALIA

9. Wide shot, WFP helicopter landing in Belet Weyne
10. Med shot, boxes of biscuits being offloaded
11. Wide shot, offloading
12. Med shot, boxes biscuits
13. Med shot, WFP staff and residents offloading
14. Close up, Caesar Arroyo, Country Director, WFP Somalia carrying boxes of biscuits
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Caesar Arroyo, Country Director, WFP Somalia:
"This is food that doesn't need preparation and nearly can support children, mothers, and everybody else that will need immediate response. In the meantime, we are bringing more commodities as a roller food basket, to be able to support up to two months, the area of Belet Weyne and surrounding locations, which are flooded and impacted by the latest climate change (situation)."
16. Wide shot, a flooded section of a road
17. Wide shot, houses submerged
18. Med shot, people holding onto a roof of a submerged house
19. Close up, people holding onto a concrete electric pole
20. Med shot, relief food in a store
21. Close up, relief food
22. Med shot, boxes of biscuits
23. Wide shot, relief food for distribution
24. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Sheikh Hussein Osman, Deputy Governor of Hiran region, in charge of Social Services:
"It's a step forward. They (WFP) have informed us that food distribution will continue as they endeavour to reach all affected villages. They have started the distribution from Ceel Jaale and will reach other areas such as Bundweyn, Howlwadaag, Hawo Taako, and beyond. We appreciate the efforts by WFP."
25. Wide shot, relief food items
26. Med shot, Halimo Osman Abdi, a flood displaced person carrying her food items
27. Med shot, Halimo Osman Abdi being helped with her sack of food
28. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Halimo Osman Abdi, a flood displaced person from Ceel Jaale:
"I have received assistance in the form of foodstuffs that include flour and rice. I have my rations on me here, and I am very thankful to Allah."
29. Med shot, food items for distribution
30. Med shot, beans
31. Med shot, flood displaced persons receiving relief food items
32. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Hodan Amin, who fled the flooded Hawo village, Dhagah Jibis:
"Our homes are submerged now, and we can only access the area by boat."
33. Med shot, a young boy eating a biscuit
34. Med shot, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed 'Farmaajo' shaking hands with Belet Weyne administration and WFP officials
35. Wide shot, a flooded street section
36. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed 'Farmaajo,' President of Somalia:
"We came here to express our sympathies to those affected by the recurrent floods. We know that last year's floods were the worst on record. But this year, the floods may eclipse what we experienced last year. For those affected by the floods, may Allah grant mercy to those who have perished, and the displaced."

37. Wide shot, residents walking in flood water
STORYLINE
The United Nations has joined the national efforts to provide immediate assistance to tens of thousands of people affected by floods that have devastated parts of Somalia, especially Belet Weyne district in Hirshabelle State.

The World Food Programme (WFP), the food-assistance branch of the United Nations, and other partners facilitated by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have scaled up humanitarian response, providing food to address the short-term nutrition needs of flood-affected families, as well as potable water, sanitation, shelter and health assistance.

The director of WFP in Somalia, Caesar Arroyo, said that the agency was working closely with Somali Government authorities to deliver relief items to affected families. The agency had delivered by road and airlifted over 260 metric tons of critical relief supplies, including high-energy biscuits.

He said, "this is food that doesn't need preparation and can support children, mothers, and everybody else who will need immediate response.”

Arroyo added that WFP would continue delivering food to support about 4,000 households, or about 24,000 beneficiaries.

He said, "in the meantime, we are bringing more commodities as a roller food basket, to be able to support up to two months, the area of Belet Weyne and surrounding locations, which are flooded and impacted by the latest climate change situation.”

Heavy seasonal rains triggered floods along the Juba and Shabelle rivers in Hirshabelle, Jubaland and South West states. Flash flooding was also reported in Benadir region, Jowhar in Hirshabelle, and Ceel Jaale and Jamame in Jubaland.

In Belet Weyne district alone, over 270,000 people have been affected, and casualties have been reported. Farmland and infrastructure have been destroyed and livelihoods disrupted in some of the worst-hit areas.

Halimo Osman Abdi fled Koshin village when the rains flooded her home. All her belongings have gone, and she barely escaped together with her family to seek shelter in Ceel Jaale.

She learned about the food distribution organized on one of the rare land patches not engulfed by the waters.

Halimo, carrying her ration bags, said, "I have received assistance, and now I have flour and rice. I have my rations here, and am very thankful to Allah.”

Hodan Amin has also to rely on the food distributed by the agencies. She left her home village of Hawo, in Dhagah Jibis, and now is among the displaced people presently sheltered in Ceel Jaale.

Hodan explained after receiving her ration, "our homes are submerged now, and we can only access the area by boat.”

During a visit to Belet Weyne on Saturday, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed 'Farmaajo' expressed his concerns regarding the scale of the floods devastation, and the effort needed to recover.

He said, "we know that last year's floods were the worst on record. But this year, the floods may eclipse what we experienced last year.”

Reacting to UN agencies’ timely intervention, Sheikh Hussein Osman, the Deputy Governor of Hiran region, hailed the ‘life-saving assistance’ to flood victims.

He said, "the WFP has informed us that food distribution would continue as they endeavor to reach all affected villages.”

OCHA Somalia, which is supporting the flood response task force comprising local authorities and humanitarian partners, reports that the medium- and long-term needs of the affected communities cannot be met by available resources, and further assistance is urgently needed.
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