Devastating Floods Claim 31 Lives in Somalia, Emergency Situation Escalates.
Torrential rainfall-triggered floods have resulted in the tragic loss of at least 31 lives in Somalia, authorities reported on Sunday, marking an increase from the previous death toll of 29.
Regions across the East African country, including Hiran state in the center and Gedo region in the south, have been severely affected by the ongoing crisis. Since October, nearly half a million people have been displaced, and Daud Aweis, speaking in the capital Mogadishu, emphasized the extensive damage inflicted on infrastructure.
The humanitarian impact of these floods extends beyond immediate casualties, with the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warning that the lives of approximately 1.6 million people in Somalia are at risk during the rainy season lasting until December.
Furthermore, a staggering 1.5 million hectares of farmland could face destruction. OCHA released a statement on November 9, describing the flood event as statistically likely only once in 100 years, anticipating significant humanitarian repercussions. In response, $25 million has been allocated to mitigate the disaster’s impact, acknowledging the immense challenge posed by a flood of this magnitude.
OCHA stressed that while preparatory measures are underway, preventing such a massive flood is not feasible, emphasizing the importance of “early warning and early action” to save lives. The organization anticipates large-scale displacement, heightened humanitarian needs, and further property destruction.
The dire situation extends to neighboring Kenya, where Mombasa and the northeastern counties of Mandera and Wajir are grappling with the devastating effects of the floods.