MOGADISHU (SD) – The United Nations humanitarian agency said in a statement on Sunday at least 25 people have been killed in the past seven days from heavy rains falling on some areas of Somalia.
Among the dead were 14 children and 7 evacuated.
The OCHA said riverine flooding affected an estimated 25,000 people in 15 villages in Jowhar in the Middle Shabelle region, displacing people in eight villages and flooding farms.
Heavy rains hit various parts of Somalia over the past week, causing flash floods that left people dead and homeless, but one forecast suggests rainfall will begin to subside from mid-May.
Somalia’s land and water information management agency managed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on Saturday warned of an imminent danger of an unprecedented flooding that was expected to occur along the river. Shabelle in the coming days and concerns about the safety and well-being of people in Beledweyne and riverside.
The OCHA said the Juba River was reported to have broken its banks in Doolow, reaching 4.70 meters, 0.20 meters above moderate flood levels and flooding three villages.
It said heavy rains on April 30 flooded the dry river valley at Hargeisa in Somaliland, affecting about 40 homes and swept away seven vehicles.
Flooding also temporarily affects some internally displaced people living in subprime shelters.
In addition, the UN agency said flash floods swept away more than 1,250 cattle and damaged shelters in low-lying areas of Ceel Daahir in the districts of Bossaso and Berri Cad in Garowe between the 27th. April to May 5.
According to the OCHA, although rain has hit parts of Somalia, it is too late for the planting season, thus exacerbating inherent food security concerns. significantly in this country.
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