Swalim News and Events

Floods in Beletweyne Leave Families Devastated

Belet Weyne district in Hiraan region has is witnessing one of the worst floods in history, with the river at full bank level for the last 11 days, about 68% of the town is inundated according to analysis by FAO SWALIM

Tropical storm KYARR decipates - 01 November, 2019

Tropical storm KYARR appears to be weakening rapidly in the last 24 hours. The storm which was earlier predicted to affect parts of Somaliland, Puntland and Central Regions of Somalia is not expected to make land fall in Somalia

FAO CBDS supporting innovative capacity building on land cover classification

FAO CBDS is organizing a series of on-the-job trainings to cover all the components of land cover mapping from data acquisition to automatic classification and accuracy assessments. The trainings are modular, allowing each national team to cover only those aspects where capacities need to be enhanced.

 Journal Publications

Validation of the CHIRPS satellite rainfall estimates over eastern Africa
Long and temporally consistent rainfall time series are essential in climate analyses and applications.
Uncovering the challenges of domestic energy access in the context of weather and climate extremes in Somalia
In Somalia, challenges related to energy access is influenced by both weather and climate extremes and associated conflict.
Towards a spatial Data Infrastructure for Somalia using open source standards
SDI is a well-known concept in Africa, many countries are on the way to having a formal SDI strategy Certain countries, such as Somalia, are starting the process of nation building after years of war.

 In focus

Flood Extent Map of Middle, Lower Shabelle and Hiraan Regions

Shabelle river at Belet Weyne has been at bank full level for over two weeks, leaving about 68% of the town inundated. At Bulo Burti, the river reached the highest level in recent history and is almost at bankful.

FAO, EU and Somaliland Government launch a new initiative to improve land and water management

24 June 2019, Hargeisa - The European Union Delegation to the Federal Republic of Somalia jointly with the Government of Somaliland and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)'s Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) project today launched in Hargeisa the Integrated Land and Water Management (ILWRM) Project. The event was graced by the EU Charge d'Affairs Dr. Hjordis D'Agostino Ogendo among other dignitaries.

FAO raises alarm over disastrous drought in Somalia where over 2 million people face severe hunger

15 May 2019, Mogadishu/Rome - A disastrous drought in Somalia could leave some 2.2 million people - nearly 18 percent of the population - faced with severe hunger during the July-September period, FAO warned today. The UN agency issued a special alert on Somalia, indicating that the number of hungry people in the country this year is expected to be 40 percent higher than estimates made at the beginning of 2019. Read Original article: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1194214/icode/  

 SWALIM Publications

Somalia Flood Update - Issued 07 November 2019

The Deyr rains continued into the second month of the season with many stations recording light to moderate rains in the southern parts of the country. Parts of central and Puntland areas recorded heavy rains on 2nd and 3rd of November.

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Somalia Rainfall Forecast: Issued 05 November 2019

The last 24 hours saw moderate to heavy rains in parts of Juba and Shabelle basins. Belet Weyne in Hiraan recorded 39mm, which has only made it worse for the town currently under water. Wanle Weyne in Lower Shabelle recorded 38mm.

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Somalia Rainfall Forecast: Issued 04 November 2019

The Deyr 2019 rains have so far been average to above average in many parts of the country apart from Bari, Nuugal and Mudug regions that have experienced below-average rains.

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Belet Weyne District Flood Extent Map (As of 30 October 2019) - Issued 1 November 2019

The ongoing floods along the Shabelle River in Somalia has affected Belet Weyne District the worst. In Belet Weyne town, the river has remained at bankful level for the seventh day running.

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