Somalia floods kill 3, displace hundreds

Most roads in the Lower Jubba and Lower Shabelle regions have been rendered impassable by the floods.

Somalia floods kill 3, displace hundreds

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three people have been killed and hundreds displaced after flash floods hit the port city of Kismayu in southern Somalia, a government official said Sunday.

"The three killed are all children who lived in an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp. All [the camp's residents] have been displaced now with no shelter, food or medicine,” Nur Omar, a Kismayu region administrator, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.

“With no shelter, IDPs have to endure the ongoing rain and cold. They need assistance immediately,” Omar added.

Most roads in the Lower Jubba and Lower Shabelle regions have been rendered impassable by the floods.

The flash floods have been on for a week now. Most of those affected are displaced people living in makeshift shelters in Tawakal camp with the floods having washed away most of the camp's structures.

The African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) on Sunday sent a team to the affected regions to assess the situation, head of AMISOM Information Department Julian Amutuhare told AA.

Flash floods hit Somalia annually between the months of March and July in a long rain season - locally known as Gu.

Lack of preparation and overpopulation have led the number of victims to rise in recent years. Last year, seven people were killed by the flash floods, down from 25 in 2012.

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