In Somalia, at least 50 dead and 700 thousand displaced by floods in Somalia
At least 50 people died and almost 700,000 had to leave their homes in Somalia due to devastating floods caused by the El Niño climate phenomenon, Somali officials announced. Meteorological services announce heavy rains for Tuesday, which may aggravate the situation, officials added.
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The rains and floods destroyed bridges and flooded residential areas, it was indicated.
"Fifty people died in the disaster" and "687,235 people had to leave their homes," said Mohamud Moalim Abdullahi, director of the Somali disaster management agency. "The rains expected between November 21 and 24 may cause new flooding and more deaths and destruction," he added.
In total, 1.7 million people were affected in one way or another by the disaster, according to the latest estimate from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released over the weekend.
The Horn of Africa, which encompasses Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Eritrea in the east of the continent, facing the Arabian Peninsula, is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change. In that area, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense.
The region is emerging from its worst drought in forty years, which ruined crops and decimated livestock, leaving millions of people in a dramatic situation. Humanitarian organizations warned that the situation can only get worse since the El Niño phenomenon is estimated to last until at least April 2024.
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