Heavy rainfall in Gambella Town has led to the overflow of Baro River, flooding areas along the river bed. Heavy rains and flooding are common during the major rainy season (July-August), but it is not a common occurrence during the months of September and October.
The flood was reportedly more severe compared to previous years. The Gambella Region Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Food Security Agency, in collaboration with international partners, conducted an assessment on 3 October to identify humanitarian needs.
According to the assessment team, at least 353 households (1,405 people) were displaced across five kebeles, and their houses were fully flooded, and their livelihoods destroyed. The Gambella Town Administration requested the support of partners, to provide two-months food rations and non-food items for the displaced people, as well as for the sustainable rehabilitation of the affected population.
Heavy rains in parts of Somali region and neighboring highlands caused flooding in Kalafo, Mustahil and Bercano woredas (Shabelle zone); Dolo Ado woreda in Liban zone and Cherati woredain Afder zone. Flash floods also occurred in Babile(Fafanzone) and Elweyne (Nogob zone). Preliminary reports indicate that 2,285 households (13,710 people) were affected and 853 households displaced. The majority of the displaced (800 households) are in Dolo Ado Town, while the remaining 53 households are in Cherati Town.