BREAKING: The Somali government declared the situation in flood affected areas in Hirshabelle as a national disaster. Somali leaders have appealed for assistance. Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes amid fear of possible outbreak of diseases.
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) May 1, 2018
Following the good rains river levels along the Juba and Shabelle rivers continued to rise reaching the high flood risk levels in the upper and mid sections of the two rivers.”
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo visited the central Somali town of Beledweyne on Monday after flash floods displaced thousands of residents from their homes and threatened to cause an outbreak of cholera.
Madaxweynaha ayaa kormeeray goobaha ay saameynta xooggan ku yeesheen fatahaadaha Wabiga iyo xarumaha ay shacabka ku barakaceen, isaga oo ka xog-wareystay sidii dadaallada haatan socda loo xoojin lahaa masuuliyiinta DG Hirshabelle, maamulka Gobolka Hiiraan iyo wax-garadka gobolka. pic.twitter.com/Y7gyhlYhC6
— Villa Somalia (@TheVillaSomalia) April 30, 2018
Last week, the Northern Refugee Centre (NRC) said that the “elderly, women and children [are] struggling to survive while their flimsy shelters are knee-high full of stagnant water”