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  • This map illustrates satellite-detected areas of potentially saturated soils and probable flood waters in the Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region of Somalia. Using satellite imagery acquired 30 October 2015 and 02 January 2015, UNITAR-UNOSAT identified a total affected area of roughly 54,000 hectares in the Shabelle Dhexe and Hoose provinces. As of 30 October 2015, approximately 41,500 hectares of possibly saturated wet soils, as well as about 12,200 hectares of probable standing flood waters were detected over the districts of Jowhar, Balcad and, Afgooye. Due to the low spatial resolution of satellite data used for this analysis, the exact limit of flood water is uncertain. Detected water bodies likely reflect an underestimation of all flood-affected areas within the map extent. This analysis has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR-UNOSAT.