2,500 Evacuated After Shabelle River Overflows in Somalia

After the flood predictions last week, the Shabelle River has burst its banks in Beledweyne, Hiran province, Somalia, forcing 2,500 from their homes.

The heavy rainfall in river catchment areas last week increased river levels of the Shabelle and Juba. In a report on 24 October, Somalia Water and Land Information Management said that the rivers were already at flood stage. Local media are now reporting that floods have forced 2,500 people to seek safety on higher ground away from the riverbanks.

According to Radio Ergo, “The affected families are reported to have camped at Eljale area, 3 km north east of Beledweyne”.

The same areas was hit by flooding in 2012 when over 3,00 families were displaced.

Further flooding is likely should river levels increase, especially in lower areas of the two rivers. SWALIM warns that the Shabelle could overflow at Balcaad and Kurtunwaarey and the Juba at Jamaame and Jilib.