Ten killed by floods in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least ten people have been killed and scores went missing when a small boat carrying 30 people overturned in the flood-waters in central Somalia.
A rescue operation has been ongoing since Monday after the boat mishap.
The floods killed ten people who were on board while trying to help other flooded-hit victims Baladweyne town some 330km north of the capital, Mogadishu.
Mayor of the town, Safiyo Hussein says the floods caused by heavy rains on the Shabelle river has submerged in the town.
She says up to 72,000 people were forced to flee from their homes due to the floods.
A dead body was found earlier on Tuesday after a dozen went missing when their small wooden boat drowned on Monday.
The victim, whose name identified as Sherif Hassan was found in Shabelow area near the town, a witness said.
He says Hassan was among a dozen who went missing.
Baladweyne, one of the worst-affected areas, while UN OCHA says an estimated over 100,000 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”.
Somali-Briton, Deqo Ahmed, a civil society activist was also among the victims.
Ahmed, who lived in Britain for 5 years returned home.
Somali journalist Sahra Abdi Ahmed says Ahmed and other victims left from the capital, Mogadishu to take part in the rescue mission to help the flooded-hit victims.
The Mogadishu-based government says it has airlifted aid food and medical supplies to the flood-affected people in Baladweyne town, about 330km from the capital of Somalia.
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.