El nino sweeps Somalia

November 19, 2015, 4:40am

By the Herald

MOGADISHU. – Flash floods in Somalia have destroyed thousands of makeshift homes, as well as latrines and shallow wells, affecting 132 000 people since October 19, the UN humanitarian agency said.

The UN office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest report on Saturday that as the wet conditions continue, thousands of people in the low lying areas of the southern and central parts of Somalia remain at risk of flash and river flooding.

“In Banadir region, heavy rains caused flash floods in Mogadishu and surrounding areas. Three children were reportedly killed and a number of people were injured after a wall collapsed in Yaqshiid district,” OCHA said.

An estimated 42 000 of these were affected by tropical cyclones Chapala and Megh, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)-Managed Somalia Land and Water Information Network (SWALIM).

Another estimated 60 000 people have been displaced as a result of the flash and river flooding in Bakool, Bay, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Juba and Middle Shabelle, according to multiple sources including local authorities, partners, communities and the Protection and Return Monitoring Network (PRMN).

An OCHA-led assessment found that most of the shelters belonging to 12 000 internally displaced people have been destroyed. Also, over 90 community latrines were reportedly damaged, while the remaining are likely to collapse.

Experts have warned that the floods, which have made roads impassable and cut thousands off from aid, could reverse many of the humanitarian gains made in southern Somalia since 2011 when the Horn of Africa nation was devastated by famine.- Xinhua.