Somalia: IOM Delivers Emergency Aid to 262 Fire-Displaced Families


Press Briefing Notes

By: Chris Lom/Spokesperson

IOM Delivers Emergency Aid to 262 Fire-Displaced Families in Somalia’s Puntland – IOM is working with local authorities and partner agencies to provide emergency aid to 262 internally displaced families left destitute after a devastating fire in a Garowe displacement settlement in Somalia’s Puntland state last week (11/10/12.)

A rapid assessment after the fire identified urgent needs including land for temporary relocation, shelter, food, water, non-food relief items and transport to relocate to the new site.

IOM, with assistance from a local NGO implementing partner TIDES – Timely Integrated Development Services for Somalia – is now providing temporary water trucking for the next two weeks. It has also provided shelter and sanitary kits for all the affected families.

Local officials said that most of the fire victims came from southern Somalia. Since the outbreak of Somali civil war in 1991, Puntland has been home to over 400,000 displaced people fleeing the conflict in the south of the country.

For more information, please contact Simona Opitz at IOM Somalia. Email: