Islamic Relief respond to Somalia cyclone
Islamic Relief is set to respond in the wake of a tropical cyclone that has left an estimated 30,000 Somalis in need of food, water, shelter and medical supplies.
The government of Somalia has declared the storm-hit Puntland region to be a disaster area. Around 300 people are now thought to have lost their lives, with many more still missing.
From 10 November – as the attention of the world was focused on Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines – the north-eastern region was pummelled by the cyclone, known as 03A.
Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and thousands of livestock killed by the powerful storm. The coastal areas of Garowe and Dangoroyo are thought to have received a whole year’s worth of rain in just two days.
Communications lines and roads have been cut off in some areas, with early reports indicating significant damage to infrastructure. Attempts to reach affected people with humanitarian supplies on 11 November reportedly failed, and the air-dropping of supplies is being considered if access does not improve.
Islamic Relief – the only Muslim NGO working in Puntland – is shortly to provide regional authorities with medicine stocks. We are working through our Garowe field office and with organisations such as UN agencies to assess urgent humanitarian needs in the region.
Islamic Relief in Somalia
Islamic Relief has been working in Somalia since 1996, responding to emergencies and working in the sectors of water, health, education and sanitation. In 2011, we launched a £22 million programme in response to the devastating drought and famine which left over 250,000 dead. Islamic Relief provided food assistance to over a million people, clean drinking water to 400,000 and 10 tonnes of medical supplies.