According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, at least 25 people, including fourteen children (OCHA), died last week in various areas of Somalia as a result of heavy rains.
The organization’s mission in Somalia found that “the information indicates that at least 25 people died from the heavy rains, including nine children in Banadir whose homes were flooded”. Likewise, seven internally displaced people died in the same province due to the collapse of their homes.
In addition, the rains in Hargeisa, Somaliland, have resulted in floods “temporarily affecting some internally displaced people living in poor quality shelters”. OCHA highlighted that the situation left more than 2,150 people homeless.
The storms also hit the semi-autonomous Puntland region, where three people were killed by lightning while more than 1,250 cattle drowned after being washed up.
“Somalia is on the forefront of climate change and the incidence of climate disasters is increasing rapidly,” warned OCHA, noting that the country has experienced 12 droughts and 19 floods since 1990.
With this in mind, he emphasized that “as of April, more than 80 percent of the country suffered moderate or severe drought conditions after the rains between October and December, below average and a warmer January than normal. Normal”.
“Despite the heavy rains that hit part of Somalia, they are late for the usual season, adding to already significant food security concerns in the African country.”