The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has released US$9.26 million to scale up priority life-saving assistance to nearly 300,000 people affected by floods in Somalia. These critical funds, part of the SHF 2020 Reserve Allocation, will support national and international non-governmental partners operating in Banadir, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle and Lower Shabelle regions through integrated and Cluster-specific interventions.
“Funding from the SHF will enable aid organizations to scale up and sustain life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable flood-affected communities in the worst-affected areas in the country,” said Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. “As the Deyr season persists, continuous donor funding will be needed to boost humanitarian operations and support recovery across Somalia.”
A total of $8.18 million from the Reserve will be allocated towards priority interventions to provide food assistance, non-food items and emergency shelter, support for health facilities, water services, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
In addition, the SHF funds will support critical protection services with emphasis on child protection and gender-based violence. The funds will also support the Logistics Cluster to ensure timely delivery of essential humanitarian goods and personnel in hard-to-reach and underserved areas. Some $1.08 million of the allocation will support integrated health and nutrition activities as well as integrated education, child protection and WASH activities.
“Already, vulnerable communities due to persistent climatic shocks, locust infestation and the COVID-19 pandemic, are facing severe food and water scarcity and are at risk of deadly communicable diseases such as cholera outbreak and acute watery diarrhoea (AWD),” said Mr Abdelmoula. “With limited resources and funding, the humanitarian agencies in Somalia are overstretched and in need of urgent support to provide timely and deliberate response.”