UN deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia visits Somaliland

UNSOM/Carlos Gomez del Campo On a visit to Borama town, 180 kilometres southwest of Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, is greeted by local officials who later shared with him information about the impact that Cyclone Sagar had on the community.

Horndiplomat-The United Nations Deputy Special Representative & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq visit Somaliland to assess the emergency situation after Cyclone Sagar.

The UN delegation led by United Nations Deputy Special Representative & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq meets with Somaliland Vice President Abdirahman Abdilahi Ismail (Saili), The meeting discussed on UN support for immediate emergency response to , need for dialogue to restore peace in Tukaraq area as well as displacements there, and long-term efforts to build resilience.

The UN delegation also visits Awdal region to see and hear first-hand about the impact of , flooding and drought from affected communities –  Deputy Special Representative & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq met local elders, government and NGO representatives and pledged the world body’s support in helping them.

Deputy Special Representative & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq commented on his visit to Awdal region says

“Just back from a visit with Minister Awale to areas hit by , where I spoke with elders and met NGOs, Awdal regional authorities and UN colleagues very hard at work to provide much-needed assistance to the people.”Said  Peter de Clercq

The United Nations delegation After the visit to Awdal region Meets with Director and staff of Somaliland disaster management authority NADFOR to discuss next steps for cyclone response as well as supporting the new authority in fulfilment of its mandate.

Cyclone Sagar

Cyclone Sagar, the strongest storm ever recorded in the area, has devasted Somaliland’s northwestern coastline, hitting Awdal region particularly hard. An estimated 669,000 families have been displaced, hundreds of farms have been destroyed, and many lives have been lost. The toll taken on livestock has also been extremely severe.

According to Somaliland Government Press Statement; more than 49 people died, 27 are missing, and other 70 are injured after heavy rains from cyclone hit in Somaliland, the rain and floods also displaced 669,000 people, while it killed 80% of the livestock and destroyed their homes.

Somaliland declared its independence nearly three decades ago from Somalia, but despite having its own currency, parliament, military and legal system The territory has been experiencing stability and economic prosperity and has been influential in the fight against piracy and terrorism in the Horn of Africa.

By: Mohamed Duale Editor-in-Chief HornDiplomat  Tweets @MohamadDuale


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