Somalia has suffered further flooding just days after the Somali president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, appealed to the international community to provide assistance for the victims of floods that had ravaged the country since late October.
The latest flooding was a result of Tropical Storm 03A, also known as THREE, which made landfall on 10th November in Puntland state, and later moved over Bari and Nugaal regions. All areas in the storm’s path were badly affected by strong winds and heavy rainfall.
Seven people have been reported killed in Bari. The situation in Puntland, where the storm first made landfall, is understood to be much worse. Precise information, however, is currently difficult to find. Some media reports believe that around 100 people have died in Puntland State. Flooded areas were left without telecommunications after phone masts were destroyed. Power has also been down, and many are without food, clean water and medical care. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and thousands of livestock have died in the floods and storm. Heavy rainfall also damaged the Sinujif bridge which connects Galkayo to Bossaso port.
Puntland is a semi-autonmous region of Somalia. Puntland’s President, Abdirahman Farole, said in a government statement that, “Preliminary information also indicates that homes, buildings, boats and entire villages have been destroyed and over 100,000 livestock lost, endangering the livelihoods of tens of thousands of local people,”
The storm has been forecast to move further inland and continue until at least Wednesday 13th November.