According to Somalia’s Disaster Management Authorities, heavy rains have caused flooding in the country that has killed 29 people and displaced more than 850.000.
Mohamed Moalim is the commissioner of Somali Disaster Management Agency. He said more than 305,000 Somalis have been forced to leave their homes as the flooding continues along the Juba River and Shabelle River.
Moalim, the Somalia capital, told reporters that torrential rainfall had killed 29 people, injured many others, damaged property, and affected more than 850,000. Moalim warned residents to be vigilant because of the risk of flash floods in low-lying regions and riverine flooding on the Juba River.
Through its Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWLIM), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has issued a warning about further flooding in Somalia. This is estimated to affect 1.2million people who live along rivers.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced Monday that rescuers are working to free 2,400 trapped people in the Luuq District in Southern Somalia. The ongoing crisis of extreme hunger in Somalia is exacerbated by this new development. More than 3.7 millions people live with severe food shortages. This number will likely increase to 4.3 millions by December due in part to flooding from the heavy rains.
According to SoDMA, Somalia declared a state of emergency Sunday in the areas that were affected by torrential rains from October to December. Somalia has been suffering its worst drought for four decades. Five failed rainy season decimated crops and livestock, pushing it to the edge of famine.
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