Cyclone Sagar Somaliland | Humanitarian Coalition
Cyclone Sagar Somaliland
May 2018

On May 15, tropical storm Sagar flooded most of Somaliland with 300 mm of rain per hour and pounded the coastline with winds reaching up to 120km/h. At least 25 people died, 27 people are still missing and another 12 injured, including several children. At least 1,700 families have been displaced.

Humanitarian Assistance: 

Water, sanitation, hygiene awareness and life-saving items

People Helped: 
Funds provided: 
Global Affairs Canada: 
Save the Children: $44,881
Humanitarian Coalition: 
Humanitarian Needs: 

Close to 700,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The storm cut off thousands of people from transport and communications, and flash flooding destroyed major infrastructure including roads and telecommunications. The government estimates that 80% of livestock was killed in some areas. The storm particularly affected already vulnerable populations displaced by drought and insecurity. Thousands of families have lost their shelter and belongings, while health facilities, schools and other public properties have been damaged. Women and children are the most affected these losses.

Humanitarian Response: 

To provide vulnerable girls, boys, women and men with equitable access to safe drinking water, life-saving non-food items and hygiene awareness

- Mobilize emergency water trucks for up to one month to provide clean water to affected communities.
- Identify, with input from women and girls, and then repair damaged community water points, with a focus on accessibility and protection to reduce the risk of sexual and gender-based violence many face when traveling long distances to fetch water.
- Construct 50 gender-responsive latrines, in consultation with the local communities.
- Distribute household and hygiene kits, containing blankets, solar lanterns, cooking pots, glasses, bowls, tea pots, utensils, soap, jerry can, match box (pack), sanitary cloths and   underwear.
- Conduct information sessions focused on good personal hygiene practices, treatment of drinking water, safe handling of water for consumption, good use/maintenance of latrines and hand washing.

Organizational Capacity: 

Save the Children has worked in Somalia for 67 years and currently has over 600 staff across 14 field offices, with 3 field offices in Somaliland. This affords the organization an in-depth understanding of the complexities of working in such a volatile operating environment. Save the Children also possesses well-established and positive working relationships with key stakeholders, including the Somali Government, donors, NGOs, civil society and the communities themselves. Save the Children has responded to numerous humanitarian crises in the area, including seasonal flooding, conflict flare ups, chronic drought, disease outbreak and tropical cyclone which occurred in Puntland in late 2013.


Assistance for smaller-scale disasters is funded by Global Affairs Canada (75%), the member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition (15%), and the Humanitarian Coalition (10%) through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund.