Flood displace thousands in Somalia


The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has raised an alert of a humanitarian crisis in parts of Somalia caused by floods following heavy rains.

The agency estimates about 182,000 people have been displaced by the floods.

Most of those displaced are from the central Somali town of Beledweyne which has been ravaged by the floods. Rescue and relief efforts are under way.

A boat carrying at least 30 people capsized on Monday in the town leading to the death of at least 10 people while many others are thought to be missing.

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo met with members of the recently formed floods relief committee and religious leaders to discuss how to offer aid to the victims.

He appealed to the international community to assist those affected by the floods.

There is a campaign on social media dubbed #ReliefForBeledweyne appealing for donations for the victims of the floods.



Christopher Ojilere