Relief supplies for Somalia

25 October 1997 - 26 October 1997
Military personnel

After a period of excessive rainfall in Ethiopia and Somalia, the rivers Giuba and Sjibeli burst their banks in October 1997. Many villages and agricultural land in Somalia were flooded.

Deaths as a result of food and water shortages

Because the approaching harvest was largely ruined and much of the livestock had drowned, the population had virtually no food. Very soon there was also a shortage of clean drinking water, as a result of which thousands of people died of malnutrition, infectious diseases or cholera within a few weeks.

The magnitude of the humanitarian disaster was virtually incalculable in a country already weakened by years of civil war. The children’s charity UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Program appealed to the international community for help.