At least 25 people have been killed and several property damaged as a result of flooding and flooding caused by torrential rains in Somalia. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which gave this assessment on Tuesday at a press briefing, notes that this natural disaster risks accentuating the humanitarian crisis in this country in the Horn of Africa.
The torrential rains in Somalia have caused the death of at least 25 people and several material damages. This was revealed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at a press briefing on Tuesday 11 May in Geneva. « Among the victims, nine children died after their house was flooded in the Banadir region, home to the capital Mogadishu, on 7 May, » said Jens Laerke, OCHA spokesperson.
According to the UN agency, houses were washed away and livestock perished as a result of the flooding of the Juba River. This natural disaster affects a large part of Somalia. Faced with the shock of the floods, Somalis have mobilised to limit the danger. « In flooded areas, local communities are working to prevent further flooding by placing sandbags, poles and other materials to reinforce the banks, » notes OCHA.
Since 1990, Somalia has been facing an increased humanitarian crisis. According to figures released by OCHA, the country has already experienced 12 droughts and 19 floods. Last April, more than 80% of Somalia’s territory was affected by drought. This situation has led to food insecurity in the country. With these floods, the humanitarian crisis could worsen, warns OCHA.
« The already critical food security situation in Somalia, where more than 2.7 million people are expected to be food insecure, has been exacerbated by the floods. The two climatic shocks are causing displacement, compromising access to clean water, increasing water-borne diseases and impacting on people’s livelihoods, » Laerke added, as quoted by the UN portal.