| 2 December 2023, Saturday |

Somalia floods kill 10, displace more than 113,000 a year after drought

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported on Monday that flooding brought on by intense rainfall in several areas of Somalia had resulted in the displacement of over 113,000 people and “temporarily affected” hundreds of thousands more.

The government has issued a state of emergency in response to the rains, resulting in almost ten deaths, according to the Somali Disaster Management Agency’s social media account on platform X.

The rain comes a year after the Horn of Africa nation suffered its worst drought in four decades, which combined with violence and a rise in food prices caused by the war in Ukraine killed as many as 43,000 people, according to the UN.

The current October-December rainfall season has seen intense downpours in Puntland, Galmudug, South West, Hirshabelle states and in areas along the Juba river in Jubbaland State, OCHA said, driven by El Nino.

El Nino is a natural climate phenomenon in which surface waters of the central and eastern Pacific become unusually warm and cause changes in weather patterns around the world.

“Over 706,100 people have been temporarily affected, with over 113,690 people temporarily displaced from their homes across the country,” the office said in its latest update.

Southwest and Jubbaland states were the worst hit, with a total of about 536,608 people affected, OCHA said.

  • Reuters