Heavy rains kill at least 25 people over past week in Somalia
At least 25 people have been killed in the past seven days following heavy rains pounding several parts of Somalia, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA has said, noting 25,000 other people have been affected.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said among the dead were nine children in Mogadishu while three other people were killed by lightning in Puntland, the UN body said but noted the rains will begin to subside from mid-May.
“An estimated 25,000 people in 15 villages in Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region were affected by riverine flooding, displacing people in eight villages and inundating farms,” OCHA said in a brief Sunday.
Somalia is on the front line of climate change and the frequency of climate-related disasters is increasing rapidly. The country has, since 1990,
experienced more than 30 climate-related hazards, including 12 droughts and 19 floods – triple the number of climate-related hazards experienced between 1970 and 1990.
As of April, more than 80 per cent of the country was experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions following below average October to December 2020 Deyr rains, followed by a harsh and warmer than normal January to March Jilaal season and a delayed and poor start of the current April to June Gu season. Despite the heavy rains that have hit parts of Somalia,
the rains have come too late for the planting season; therefore, further exacerbating already significant food security concerns.