Rains in Somalia leave at least 23 people dead as a result of the Grupo Milenio floods
At least 23 people, including six minors, They died in Somalia due to floods and overflowing rivers After the rainy season began at the end of March, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.
According to the statement of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, about 100 thousand people affected in the country and about 78,000 of them are in Bardiri district of South Jubbaland state.
There were 21 fatalitieswhile the other two occurred in the northern regions of Togdheer and Awdal, in the self-proclaimed Somaliland.
The floods, occurring in the context of the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in the past 40 years, also destroyed six medical centers, 200 latrines and four schools, leading to floods. More than 3 thousand children were left without lessons, Alert the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Also, more than Thousands of hectares of farmland were flooded After “moderate and heavy” rains fell on the Ethiopian mountains that emptied into Somalia and caused the Juba and Shabelle rivers to increase.
Although rainfall may provide “relief”, according to this UN agency, the “extended nature of the drought and the forecasts that 50% chance of rain (…) less than normal And with higher-than-normal surface temperatures across much of the country, that means the effects of the drought will continue to show.”
Five failed rainy seasons in the Horn of Africa, incl Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti some parts of UgandaIn Somalia, more than 1.4 million people have been displaced from their homes and 3.8 million head of livestock have been killed in the country.
Likewise, according to a study presented in March by the World Health Organization (WHO), Up to 43 thousand people could die Last year due to drought, half of them are children under the age of five.
The numbers are higher than those recorded in the previous drought the country experienced in 2017 and 2018.
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