Lead Organisation: Oxfam Novib
Organisations: DRA partners: Help a Child, Plan International Netherlands, Oxfam Novib, Save the Children, Tearfund, and World Vision Local partners: KAALO, Social-Life & Agricultural Development Organization (SADO), Somali Relief and Development Action (SRDA), TAAKULO, Wamo Relief & Rehabilitation services (WRRS), and Zamzam Foundation
Duration: December 19, 2023 –
June 18, 2024
On the 6th of November 2023, the Somali government officially declared a state of emergency following severe flooding induced by El Niño. Approximately 2.48 million people across Somalia have been affected and almost 1 million people have been displaced. The floods have resulted in devastation of crops, deaths of animals, and damage to infrastructure including shelters and homes, health care facilities, water networks and schools. Dutch Relief Alliance partners are responding to the crisis by providing assistance in the sectors of Health, Shelter & Non-Food Items (NFI), Food Security, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Multi-Purpose Cash.

Type of response:

Goal: Providing emergency assistance to people in Somalia who are affected by the severe floods

Six months after a historic five-season drought, massive floods have inundated large parts of Somalia. The number of people affected by the heavy rains and floods has reached 2.48 million, with almost a million people being displaced. The floods have disrupted critical water systems and damaged sanitation facilities, contaminating water sources, and increasing the risk of waterborne disease outbreaks. Families have lost shelters and essential relief items and are residing in inadequate makeshift shelters with limited protection.

The Joint Response

The Somalia Flood Joint Response is a multi-sectoral response to the floods crisis, implemented in 6 of the most severely affected districts.

The activities carried out under this Joint Response are the following:

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH): 65.673 individuals. The Joint Response increases access to clean water for the affected population through water trucking, rehabilitation of shallow wells and the construction of a river-based water supply scheme. Affected populations will also receive hygiene kits with jerricans, soap and menstrual hygiene management items for women and girls. Latrines are constructed to ensure people have access to dignified, safe, clean and functional excreta disposal facilities.

Health: 115.664 individuals. Rehabilitation of health facilities is a core activity under the JR. Damaged infrastructure, such as roofs, windows, waste management facilities, water systems, latrines and handwashing facilities is being repaired. Partners also respond to disease outbreaks by deploying an Emergency Response mobile team, conducting community-based disease surveillance and pre-positioning emergency supplies for cholera response.

Shelter/Non-Food Items (NFI): 8.100 individuals. Partners provide local materials to rebuild shelters/houses to households who lost or had their houses severely damaged by the floods. NFI-kits, including plastic sheets, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, kitchen utensils, solar lamps with torch and jerricans are also distributed.

Food Security: 7.972 individuals. The JR aims to increase immediate access and consumption of food for the most vulnerable groups by providing cash for food or cash vouchers for people to buy food items at the local market.

Multi-Purpose Cash (MPC): 400 individuals. The JR implements Cash-for-Work activities engaging persons in post-flood cleaning and disinfection campaigns for a period of 15 days to clean up public places, such as main roads, markets, schools and mosques.


Contact lead organisation Oxfam Novib
Lou van Roozendaal