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29 Apr 2020 | 12:45 PM UTC

Somalia: Flash floods kill several amid adverse weather nationwide April 29

Somalia News Alert

Flash floods caused several fatalities following heavy rain nationwide as of April 29; additional adverse weather expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/2/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Somalia

Event

According to media reports, flash floods prompted by heavy rain have caused several casualties as well as damage to infrastructure nationwide as of Wednesday, April 29. Heavy rain has affected most Somali states and territories since Monday, April 20, particularly in South West, Jubaland, Banaadir, Puntland, and Somaliland, causing rivers to overflow and triggering flashfloods. An estimated ten casualties were reported as a result of the flash floods nationwide. According to reports, the most affected regions are Bay and Bakool. According the UN, floods displaced more than 83,000 people nationwide as of Wednesday, April 29.

Further heavy rain is forecast over central and south Somalia until late Thursday, April 30. Associated transportation disruptions are to be anticipated in the affected areas.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, 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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