| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

Death toll from flooding in Somalia climbs to nearly 100

According to a report released on Saturday by the official news agency SONNA, the death toll from flooding caused by heavy rainfall in Somalia has risen to 96.

“Somalia’s flood death toll climbs to 96,” the head of the nation’s disaster management agency, Mahamuud Moallim, confirmed the number, according to a post made by SONNA on X, formerly Twitter.

Due to the El Nino and Indian Ocean Dipole meteorological phenomenon, Somalia, along with the rest of the east and Horn of Africa, has been severely affected by continuous, torrential rains that started in October.

Both are climate patterns that impact ocean surface temperatures and cause above-average rainfall.

The flooding has been described as the worst in decades and has displaced about 700,000 people, according to the United Nations.

The intense rains have unleashed widespread flooding across the country, triggering displacement and exacerbating an already existing humanitarian crisis caused by years of insurgency.

  • Reuters