Flash floods wash away 3 kids in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least three children were killed after a flash flood swept away their tool shed in north of Somalia.

Heavy rains caused flash floods washed away six people from same family in Waciye, a remote-town in north of Somalia’s Puntland region.

Osmail Abdi, a father of four, says flooding carried his wife with a baby and other three children.

He says neighbors had rescued his wife and her baby, but the other children were washed away and died in the flooding.

The floods also impacted number of people.

The torrential rains also caused roads from Garowe to Bosaso to flood which halted public transportations, a freelance journalist Hassan Heykal said.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says heavy rains could likely flash floods in towns in central Somalia.

In a report released by FAO said Gu 2019 rains continued to spread across Somalia over the last week with many stations recording moderate to heavy rains of more than 50mm of total rainfall.

FOA said River levels along the Shabelle in Somalia had continued to increase, while the levels along Juba River dropped slightly.

The UN’s FAO says the cumulative rainfall forecast for the week which ends on 19 May 2019 shows moderate to heavy rains across Somalia.

However, Somalia’s Juba and Shabelle River levels are expected to increase slightly in the following weeks, according to FAO.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: news@mareeg.com