To facilitate integrated interagency relief efforts, the President of Puntland State appointed a High-Level Cabinet Coordination Team (HLCCT), which included representatives from various ministries such as the Office of the Vice President and the Ministry of Planning, Economic Development and International Cooperation.
PSD presented their analysis to the HLCCT to help determine an appropriate course of action. The HLCCT aimed to use the findings to consider the effects of the cyclone on food security and infrastructure in the region. Using the information provided, the response coordination team was able to assess where impacts were greatest, and to locate damaged buildings or injured residents.
“With the support of GIS tools and skills training, we were able to determine in real-time the cyclone-affected areas and intensity levels, as well as extract key disaster information about affected points of interest such as hospitals and schools, cropland, flooding, and so on. Without this information, the Government of Puntland would not have been able to anticipate and rapidly make targeted responses to the damage caused by Gati. In the same vein, a targeted COVID-19 response relies on the same skill sets and datasets,”
concludes Abdifatah Mohamed, Director at Puntland Statistics Department.
Somalia National Bureau of Statistics and GRID3 will continue their collaboration in the coming months by expanding these skills nationally.
This article was co-written by GRID3, Abdirisak Aden and Abdullahi Kelly from Puntland Statistics Department, and Muthoni Mugo from Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD).
Featured photo credit: Yusuf Som, Flickr; Cyclone Gati satellite imagery: NASA, Wikimedia Commons