Heavy rains in recent weeks has caused extreme flooding throughout Somalia as of Thursday, October 31. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected in Hiraan region, particularly in the city of Beledweyne. At least 200,000 residents in the city have been displaced, including at least 100,000 children, according to international aid organizations. In Bay region, flash flooding has impacted 30,000 people in the city of Bardale. As of October 31, the Shabelle River remains at maximum carrying capacity and a high risk of flooding remains over the coming days. The town of Bardheere in Gedo region also remains inundated but water levels along the Juba River have decreased in recent days. However, there is still a moderate flood risk in the area. Aid organizations have also warned of the possibility of disease outbreaks, including malaria and cholera, in the areas affected by the flooding.
Additional rainfall is forecast in the coming week throughout Somalia and may cause continued flooding along the Juba and Shabelle rivers. Tropical Cyclone Kyarr has also formed in the Indian Ocean and is expected to reach Puntland and Somaliland by Sunday, November 3. Flash flooding, damaging winds, and moderate rain are anticipated as the storm moves into the region. Transportation and business disruptions are expected in the areas affected by the flooding.
Individuals present in Somalia are advised to keep abreast of the situation, confirm road conditions before heading out. avoid areas directly hit by flooding, and adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities or their home governments. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded. Be aware that the risk of contracting water- and mosquito-borne diseases tends to rise after periods of heavy rainfall.
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