Somalia – 4 Dead After Heavy Rain Floods Mogadishu

Heavy rain and flooding have caused more problems in Somalia, this time in the capital Mogadishu.

The city recorded heavy rain from 10 to 11 May. According to WMO figures, almost 60mm fell in the city in 12 hours on 11 May.

Streets were turned to rivers as the poor drainage system, much of it blocked by garbage, was overwhelmed. Local media reported that some people have evacuated their homes.

Five people died when the rain caused a house to collapse. The victims are thought to be members of the same family. Other residents living nearby had to be rescued.

Flooding has affected wide areas of the country since late April. In a report of 11 May, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 16 people have died, 546,103 affected and 216,895 displaced since the Gu’ rains started in early April.

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