Fri. Apr 19th, 2024

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Floods brought on by torrential rainfall have killed at the least 31 folks in varied components of Somalia, authorities stated Sunday.

Since October, floods have displaced practically half one million folks and disrupted the lives of over 1.2 million folks, Minister of Data Daud Aweis informed reporters within the capital Mogadishu. They’ve additionally triggered in depth harm to civilian infrastructure notably within the Gedo area of southern Somalia, he stated.

The U.N. Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, which has given $25 million to assist mitigate the influence of flooding, warned in a press release Thursday of “a flood occasion of a magnitude statistically probably solely as soon as in 100 years, with important anticipated humanitarian impacts.”

“Whereas all doable preparatory measures are being pursued, a flood of this magnitude can solely be mitigated and never prevented,” OCHA stated, recommending “early warning and early motion” to save lots of lives as “large-scale displacement, elevated humanitarian wants and additional destruction of property stay probably.”

The lives of some 1.6 million folks in Somalia may very well be disrupted by floods in the course of the wet season that lasts till December, with 1.5 million hectares of farmland doubtlessly being destroyed, it stated.

Mogadishu has been ravaged by downpours that, at instances, swept away susceptible folks, together with youngsters and the aged, and disrupted transportation.

Floods are additionally affecting neighboring Kenya, the place the dying toll stood at 15 on Monday, in line with the Kenya Crimson Cross. The port metropolis of Mombasa and the northeastern counties of Mandera and Wajir are the worst affected.

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