Somalia: Flash floods damage IDP camps near Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Heavy rains have destroyed tents and caused widespread damage at camps for internally displaced persons near Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The old tents started leaking when the torrential rains and flash floods started in mid-Monday and also destroyed shelters in the camps, Mohamed Ahmed Hussein, an IDP resident said.
He says camp residents were affected by the floods.
This comes as we had nothing fend off our selves”, he said.
He called on the UN and other aid agencies to deliver urgent aid to their camps.
Aisha Mohamed, a mother of 5, also called on the international aid agencies to help their camp where many displaced people lost their source of livelihood.
Somalia is experiencing a severe drought, resulting in crop failures and livestock die-offs, forcing thousands to flee their homes to seek refuge near the capital, Mogadishu.
The severe drought and long-running conflict between armed Al-Shabaab, a group affiliated with al Qaeda and government troops backed by African Union troops threatened the population with famine.
This has also made it more difficult to distribute relief supplies in drought-struck areas while some of urban towns still controlling by Al Shabaab.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.