On Tuesday, April 28, heavy rainfall caused flooding in Qardho town (Bari region), leaving ten people dead and more than 20 others injured and causing damage to properties and infrastructure. Search-and-rescue efforts are ongoing.
Heavy rain has been affecting Somalia since Monday, April 20, and an estimated 81,000 people have been displaced as of April 28, particularly in the southwest of the country. Further flooding has been reported in Gedo, Bay, Middle and Lower Juba, and Bakool regions, principally affecting agricultural land.
Areas near the Shabelle and Juba rivers are at high risk of further flooding until early May as the Gu seasonal rains continue.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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