Somaliland lays the foundation for mega dam in Daadmadheedh
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Somaliland lays the foundation for mega dam in Daadmadheedh

Somaliland lays the foundation for mega dam in Daadmadheedh


Dalsan Reporter

Somaliland has started construction of a mega dam in a project aimed at mitigating the raging drought occasioned by a shortage of rain.

The Minister of Water Ali Hasan Mahamed along with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Shukri Ismail Bandare on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of a dam that the government will implement in the town of Haji-Salah in the Daadmadheedh region.

Ali Hasan Mahamed Said the construction of the dam is funded through the Somaliland national budget.

Mr. Ali said the dam will be used to conserve water for use in homes and serve farmers and pastoralists during dry seasons.

The minister underscored the need for Somalilanders to conserve the environment to mitigate climate change that he said has the potential to worsen food insecurity.

Ali Hassan who was accompanied by his Environment and Climate Change counterpart, Shukri Ismail Bandare, and other MPs highlighted the need for residents to ensure they protect the key infrastructure saying no development can be achieved without resources.

The Governor of Daad Madheed region and the regional intellectuals extended gratitude to the government for giving special consideration in the region, underlining it is the right time for the residents to get sufficient water.

When completed, the dam will provide 500,000 cubic meters of water per day to communities in surrounding regions. This dam will help over a million people.

Commenting on a recent move by the opposition not to recognize Presint Musa Bihi Abdi as the legitimate head of state, the minister said his government will ensure Somalilanders benefit from development projects regardless of their regions or political affiliation.

The project which is set to take five months will also be used in irrigation to boost food production as an alternative livelihood for the local communities.

Four consecutive seasons of failed rains, with potentially a fifth predicted for later this year, have affected nearly 20 million people across the Horn of Africa, with millions forced to flee their homes in search of food, water, and pasture.  

In Somaliland, over 350,000 people are in need of urgent water supply.

Across the country the scarcity of water is at the heart of the crisis. Natural sources of safe water such as open wells and ponds have dried up and water prices have escalated, in some places by as much as 85 per cent. 

Families are forced to leave everything behind and trek for days and weeks in a desperate search for water. 

Others are forced to drink contaminated water, exposing them to water-borne diseases like diarrhea and cholera.

By Dalsan Reporter
Strategic communication practitioner.