Jowhar Floods

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Agriculture-rich town and Middle Shabelle regional capital of Jowhar as Shabelle river is threatening to over flow. Following heavy rains in the Horn of Africa, the River Shabelle burst its banks, submerging entire villages and farms in its path.

Thousands of people have been displaced by the floods and have been forced to seek shelter on higher grounds at an IDP camp at a military base. The dire situation is compounded by inter-clan clashes, so far the conflict has claimed more than one hundred lives.

Ali Haji Wehelow, Jowhar resident said, “The rains and the floods have brought problems. They have increased the hunger, our farms are submerged and we do not have any food. We are in a difficult position. Unless we receive help, we will not have anything,” 

Floods from Shabelle River swept through many villages including Marerey, Sabib, Anole and Baladul Amin in neighbouring Lower Shabelle region last month, leaving farmland and crop stores destroyed. Health officials fear the threat of health risks, including Acute Watery Diarrhea, Malaria and other waterborne diseases.

Images below are by: Tobin Johns,AU/UN IST

Men unload food aid donated by Qatar Charity for IDPs displaced by recent flooding and clan conflict in Jowhar, Somalia, on November 12. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent disputes between clans, has resulted in over four thousand IDPs seeking shelter at an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, with more arriving daily. AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Men unload food aid donated by Qatar Charity for IDPs displaced by recent flooding and clan conflict in Jowhar, Somalia, on November 12. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent disputes between clans, has resulted in over four thousand IDPs seeking shelter at an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, with more arriving daily. AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Internally Displaced People, affected by flooding and clan conflict, wait for a food handout at an AMISOM military camp near the town of Jowhar, Somalia, on November 12. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent disputes between clans, has resulted in over four thousand IDPs seeking shelter at an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, with more arriving daily. AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Internally Displaced People, affected by flooding and clan conflict, wait for a food handout at an AMISOM military camp near the town of Jowhar, Somalia, on November 12. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent disputes between clans, has resulted in over four thousand IDPs seeking shelter at an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, with more arriving daily. AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Internally Displaced People, affected by flooding and clan conflict, wait for a food handout at an AMISOM military camp near the town of Jowhar, Somalia, on November 12. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent disputes between clans, has resulted in over four thousand IDPs seeking shelter at an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, with more arriving daily. AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Internally Displaced People, affected by flooding and clan conflict, wait for a food handout at an AMISOM military camp near the town of Jowhar, Somalia, on November 12. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent disputes between clans, has resulted in over four thousand IDPs seeking shelter at an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, with more arriving daily. AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Women, walking with what possesions they can carry, arrive in a steady trickle at an IDP camp erected next to an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, Somalia, on November 12. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent disputes between clans, has resulted in over four thousand IDPs seeking shelter at an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, with more arriving daily. AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Women, walking with what possesions they can carry, arrive in a steady trickle at an IDP camp erected next to an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, Somalia, on November 12. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent disputes between clans, has resulted in over four thousand IDPs seeking shelter at an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, with more arriving daily. AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones