Central Somalia hit by flooding

Sunday May 20 2012


MOGADISHU, Sunday    

More than 40 families in parts of Mudug region in Central Somalia have been hit by heavy flooding.

Reports from the area indicate that most of the affected families were at Gosol settlement in Harfo district about 700 km north of Mogadishu.

“The floods resulted from heavy rains in the last 48 hours,” Mr Mohamed Osman, an elder in the area told the media.

“Shelters for nomadic pastoralists, goats and camels were taken away by the floods,” he added, without specifying quantities.  

Mr Abdullahi Farah Bayle, the District Commissioner of Harfo, urged individuals and institutions with the ability to offer assistance to help the distressed families. 

“The (rains-affected) families had already suffered from the drought that hit the region over the past two years,” said DC Bayle. 

Somalia and most of the Horn of Africa have been affected by severe shortages of rains and large spells of subsequent dry seasons that resulted in the worst famine in 60 years. 

Massive humanitarian campaigns in Southern and Central Somalia, particularly in the Somali capital Mogadishu averted mass starvation in late 2011 and early 2012. 

The ongoing Gu’ season or long-rains have also affected parts of the northern regions of Somalia.

In the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, heavy rains damaged road infrastructure in Sool and Togdheer regions, about 1200 km northwest of Mogadishu. 

In Puntland, a semiautonomous state in North-eastern Somalia, parts of major roads linking the main towns of Bossaso, Qardo and Garowe, respectively 1500, 1250 and 1000 km north of Mogadishu, were broken.