Somalia Floods Claim 5 Lives
At least two children and three adults are confirmed dead in the ongoing floods that have hit parts of Somalia following heavy rains. Hirshabelle´s Hiran has been the most hit in the floods and all the five deaths are from the region. Governor of Hiran region Abdullahi Ahmed Maalin confirmed to journalists about the deaths. The administrative town of Beledweyne has been submerged for two days with thousands displaced. Beledweyne is cut off from the rest of the country with the airport flooded meaning emergency supplies cannot be airlifted to the town. A government delegation from Mogadishu postpone a Sunday flight due to the condition of the airport. Somalia Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Monday formed a 22 member committee to respond to the effects of flooding that has hit the riverine regions of the country affecting thousands of people. More than 427,000 people have been affected as of 26 April and of these nearly 175,000 have been displaced as a result of the flash and river flooding in Hirshabelle, South West and Jubaland states as well as Banadir region, according to data collected by humanitarian partners.