UPDATE: 9 dead as boats sunk by storms in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least 9 people have died when small fishing boats were sunk by giant waves in southern Somalia.
The victims were swept away after strong winds and heavy rain hit off Ras Kamboni coast in Lower Jubba region.
Ibrahim Abdi Hassan, Jubaland’s Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources says the storm had knocked down the fishing boats, leaving 9 people dead.
He says fishermen should take precautions when leaving off the coast.
He also said that small vessels should remain on the shore during the period.
This comes as the national multi-hazard early warning centre has issued an alert for heavy rains and gusty winds, which could occur in the parts of Somalia.
The centre says floods could affect towns along Shabelle and Jubba rivers – and towns in Beledweyne, Jowhar, Afgoye.
Fishermen were also warned as heavy rains, flooding and strong winds are expected.