MOGADISHU, Somalia, – Heavy flooding has displaced 72,000 people from homes in Baladwey town some 330km north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The flooding caused by heavy rainfall along Somalia’s Shabelle river, forcing thousands of people from their homes said in a statement by UN OCHA.
Baladweyne, one of the worst-affected areas, while UN OCHA says an estimated 72,000 people were affected, including internally displaced people.
The floods submerged entire communities in the town.
OCHA says it is working with local authorities and humanitarian partners to scale up the response.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation”.
The OCHA also seeks $1.08 billion to assist 3.4 million people in need.
Somalia is facing its worst harvest since the famine in 2011, due to late and erratic rains earlier in the rainy season, which caused drought conditions in parts of the country and flooding in other areas.
However, UN says 6 million people in Somalia are projected to be food insecure.