Flooding in Somalia Leaves Thousands Displaced

Heavy rains in late October have caused widespread flooding in Somalia, displacing close to 270,000 people. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sent a team to Beledweyne district—located in the worst affected region in central Somalia—to assess the conditions.

In this video, Gautam Chatterjee, MSF country representative in Somalia and Somaliland, talks about the needs of people affected by the floods. “The first things needed for the population are drinking water, toilets and latrines,” he says. “We also see that people need food, shelter, and urgent medical attention.” MSF has started distributing tents and kits for cooking, constructing toilets, and providing safe drinking water.