Tens of Thousands Affected by Floods in Somalia

Mogadishu (HAN) November 23, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Stability Initiatives News. The Food and Agricultural Organization’s Managed Somalia Land and Water Information Network (SWALIM) says more than 132,000 people have been affected by floods in different parts of Somalia since 19 October.

Nearly 42,000 of these were affected by the tropical cyclones Chapala and Megh in the Indian Ocean. The cyclones produced strong winds and heavy rains, causing more than three times the annual rainfall in some areas. They killed livestock and destroyed property as well as infrastructure, roads, buildings and boats in Bari and Sanaag regions

Elsewhere heavy rains triggered flooding in different parts of the country at the onset of the Deyr rains causing displacement, destruction of livelihoods and shelter. An estimated 60,000 people have been displaced as a result of flooding in Bakool, Bay, Hiraan, Lower and Middle Juba and Middle Shabelle regions.

While the rains have slowed down and the flood waters are receding, there remain high risks of flooding along the lower and middle reaches of Shabelle and lower reaches of River Juba, and thousands of people in the low lying areas of the southern and central parts of Somalia remain at risk of flash and river flooding.

There are fears that by the El Niño phenomenon will also have a much wider impact, effecting up to 500,000 to 900,000 people, most of whom could require life-saving assistance. MFA


 

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