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Somali president visits flood-hit town of Baladweyne

MOGADISHU – Somali President Mohamed Abudllahi Mohamed has arrived in flood-hit town of Beledweyne, some 330km north of the capital, Mogadishu.

President Mohamed walked through flood waters to meet residents affected by the crisis.

Nearly 60,000 residents were displaced by ongoing floods.

Mr. Mohamed and his delegation are expected to assess the latest situation in the town.

The neutral tragedy comes after the Shabelle river burst its banks due to heavy rains that also submerged the entire town.

The floods caused the death of ten people last week after a small boat they traveling drowned in the town, while several people were also rescued.

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.

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