Heavy flooding affects 427,000 people across Somalia

More than 427,000 people have been affected by heavy flooding across Somalia, amid elderly women and children started struggling to survive while their flimsy shelters are knee-high full of stagnant water.

Victor Moses, Somalia Country Director for Norwegian Refugee Council has warned that with limited access to proper toilets and clean water, saying it is ticking time bomb for disease outbreaks like cholera and malaria.

Victor Moses says in the Baidoa town alone, about 174,000 people have been affected by flooding. Over half of their existing shelters can’t withstand heavy rains, and many have already been washed away.

“Many community latrines have been destroyed or filled with flood water. Forecasts predict more heavy rains in the coming week”, he said.

Nearly 122,000 people have fled from Baladweyne town, some 335km north of Mogadishu, after  Shabelle River has already burst its banks.

The UN reports that at least three people have died so far because of the floods, including two children.

Across the country, 1.5 million people are in need of decent shelter. Over 1.3 million people fled their homes due to drought and conflict since last year in Somalia. This year the situation is urgent, as flooding has added a new dimension to the crisis

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