Djibouti Flash Update # 3 – Humanitarian impact of the floods | December 17, 2019

1. Overview of the situation

Heavy rain fell between 21 and 28 November 2019 with a peak between 22 and 23 in Djibouti. The equivalent of two years of precipitation occurred in one day. New rains between December 7 and 10 made access to the affected areas more difficult. 11 people (including 7 children) lost their lives due to flooding and a landslide due to heavy precipitation.

Some 250,000 people have been affected across the country and 150,000 (including migrants, refugees) are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. In Djibouti alone, 200,000 people (21% of the total population) have been affected and 120,000 are in need of emergency assistance. It is estimated that around 14,000 migrants are directly affected in the flooded areas.

A rapid humanitarian assessment conducted by the government and humanitarian partners was conducted on November 27 and 28, 2019 with the participation of 50 staff members from different ministries, the Executive Secretariat for Risk and Disaster Management (SEGRC), the City Council , the National Institute of Statistics of Djibouti (INSD), the UN, and NGOs.

The main concerns concern sanitation, food security, basic non-food products / shelter and health, in particular among the most vulnerable groups among those who were affected by this disaster.

A door-to-door survey targeting 12,000 households was carried out by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Solidarity to identify and assist the households most affected in the flooded areas. The Ministry of Education also carried out a rapid assessment schools with 27 schools, including 14 in the regions, damaged by the floods.

Source: UN Country Team in Djibouti

Djibouti Flash Update # 3 – Humanitarian impact of the floods | December 17, 2019

1. Overview of the situation

Heavy rain fell between 21 and 28 November 2019 with a peak between 22 and 23 in Djibouti. The equivalent of two years of precipitation occurred in one day. New rains between December 7 and 10 made access to the affected areas more difficult. 11 people (including 7 children) lost their lives due to flooding and a landslide due to heavy precipitation.

Some 250,000 people have been affected across the country and 150,000 (including migrants, refugees) are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. In Djibouti alone, 200,000 people (21% of the total population) have been affected and 120,000 are in need of emergency assistance. It is estimated that around 14,000 migrants are directly affected in the flooded areas.

A rapid humanitarian assessment conducted by the government and humanitarian partners was conducted on November 27 and 28, 2019 with the participation of 50 staff members from different ministries, the Executive Secretariat for Risk and Disaster Management (SEGRC), the City Council , the National Institute of Statistics of Djibouti (INSD), the UN, and NGOs.

The main concerns concern sanitation, food security, basic non-food products / shelter and health, in particular among the most vulnerable groups among those who were affected by this disaster.

A door-to-door survey targeting 12,000 households was carried out by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Solidarity to identify and assist the households most affected in the flooded areas. The Ministry of Education also carried out a rapid assessment schools with 27 schools, including 14 in the regions, damaged by the floods.

Source: UN Country Team in Djibouti