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UN allocates $ 19 million for Somalia floods

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United Nations announced on Thursday the allocation of about $ 19 million to increase life-saving assistance to more than half a million people affected by the recent floods in Somalia.

This came during a press conference held by Stefan Dugrik, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at the permanent headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

“The amount has been earmarked by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund and the Somali Humanitarian Fund,” Dugrik said.

“Floods in Somalia have destroyed infrastructure, agricultural land and roads, disrupted livelihoods and flooded homes in many areas, displacing some 370,000 people,” he said.

“The funds will help UN agencies and partners distribute food aid more quickly, deploy rapid response teams, support health facilities, and provide shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, education and other vital protection services.”

“Despite this funding, however, there are still significant gaps. The United Nations and our partners estimate that at least $ 50 million is urgently needed for an immediate life-saving response to these floods.”

In the last two weeks, Somalia has been hit by massive flooding due to rising waters of the Shabelle and Juba rivers in the south of the country, forcing thousands of families to flee their areas in search of a safe haven.

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