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Over 166k affected by pelting rains in Somalia

Over 166k affected by pelting rains in Somalia

Mogadishu, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Driving downpours in several regions of Somalia caused flooding and affected more than 166,000 people in recent days, humanitarian agencies reported.
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As stated by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), given such a panorama and extreme drought also hitting Somalia´s regions in recent months, food insecurity situation could deepen in the country. As many as 2.7 million Somali civilians will be hard-pressed for food this year due to climate disturbances, which affected the supply of goods by air and road transport, the source said.

Jens Laerke, OCHOA´s spokesperson, told the press that the recent pelting rains have caused 25 deaths including nine children, due to floods in the Benadir area of Mogadishu.

Other media such as digital newspaper added that Juba River burst its banks, wiped out a great number of residences and killed livestock, while lengthy floods also cropped up in northern Somalia.

According to UN, to help millions of people in need of assistance, Somalia requires US$1billion, of which the international community has contributed to 20% to date.


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