Women, children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to the heavy flooding. Living in semi-permanent or poorly constructed shelters exacerbates their vulnerability.
Canab says her family survived the flash foods by staying in their home but says they are forced to drink contaminated water.
“We do not have clean water because most of the shallow wells we depended on for clean water were destroyed and contaminated,” Canab says.
In the past two weeks, it is estimated that more than 200,000 people in the Gedo region have been affected by the flooding. 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.
The floods have severely disrupted transportation systems, limiting movement and resulting in the closure of roads. This has disrupted the supply of essential medical supplies to the most affected groups. While some people have managed to relocate to safer places or have been evacuated, there are still others who have yet to receive assistance.