Floods asserted 17 lives, displaced more than 3,70,000 by deadly Somalia Floods

Agencies
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Floods asserted 17 lives, displaced more than  3,70,000, and destroyed farmland and infrastructure in Somalia, the United Nations office said here on Wednesday.

Mogadishu: Floods asserted 17 lives, displaced more than  3,70,000, and destroyed farmland and infrastructure in Somalia, the United Nations office said here on Wednesday.

The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated, around 5,47,000 individuals have been affected by the floods. "In the Belet Weyne district, around 45,500 households (273,000 individuals) have fled their homes," Xinhua news agency reported.

Farmland, infrastructure and streets were destroyed in some of the worst-hit areas in Hirshabelle, Jubaland and Southwest states, the UN said in its most recent update on flooding in Somalia.

Downpours  would proceed in November and aid agencies are cautioning of waterborne diseases and mass displacement, according to the Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM). SWALIM is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

As indicated by  SWALIM, high river levels and flooding in Beletweyne and different areas along the Shabelle basin will continue for the next couple of days, given the current situation and rain forecast.

The downpours could relieve prevailing water crisis in certain parts of Puntland in northeast Somalia.

Flash flooding was likewise revealed  in the Benadir region, Jowhar in Hirshabelle, and Ceel Jaale and Jamame in Jubaland.

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