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Torrential Rains, Flooding in Somalia Kill Dozens After Years of Drought

HeadlineNov 09, 2023

In Somalia, historic rainfall and flooding has killed at least 29 people and displaced over 300,000. The flooding has also destroyed vital livestock and farmland. This is a displaced person describing the scene at one of the camps that has been set up to house fleeing residents.

Fadumo Abdulkadir: “It is raining on us for the fifth day. Lying in the rain killed two elderly women. Our makeshift shelters were washed away. Children are missing now. We do not know whether they are dead or alive. We request the aid agencies to urgently help us. This rain is a disaster.”

The downpours come after a protracted drought in the Horn of Africa that killed an estimated 43,000 people in Somalia last year. The climate crisis is increasing unpredictable cycles of extreme weather.

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