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Heavy rains likely lead to flash floods in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – 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.

FAO says the moderate to high rains were also received in Ethiopian highland over the same period.

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

Both Shabelle and Juba River in Somalia levels are currently below the long term mean for this period of the year.

The cumulative rainfall forecast for the next 3 days indicates light to moderate rains across Somalia, apart from Somaliland and parts of southern regions around Gedo where little no rains are foreseen.

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