Officials have warned of heavy rainfall and increased river levels in Ethiopia and Somalia over the last few days. Flooding has been reported and at least 3 people have died as a result of floods in Awdal region, Somalia.
Heavy rains on 30 April in the village of Fiqi Adan, some kilometers from the port town of Zeila in northwestern Awdal region of Somalia, left three people dead according to local officials, quoted by local media.
The three people – all from the same family – were reported to be herders who perished while trying to cross a creek inundated at full depth by days of torrential storm.
At least 6 people died after floods in Dilla, Awdal Region, on 07 April 2016.
Floods in Tog Wajaale
Elsewhere, in northwestern Somaliland, floods damaged built-up areas in the commercial border town of Tog Wajaale, local media reported.
Flooding has also affected nearby El Amhar, as the adjacent Ethiopian highlands continue to receive heavy rains during belg season.
Somalia Water and Land Information Management Network (SWALIM) of UN Food Agency said in its three-day forecast on April 29 that there is an increase in rainfall amounts in many parts of the country, with some stations recording over 50mm of precipitation.
In updated rainfall forecast Saturday on April 30, SWALIM warned of potential flooding in central and southern Somalia.
“The last 24 hours have seen heavy rains within the Juba and Shabelle basins both in Ethiopia and Somalia. This has led to a drastic increase of river levels along the two rivers,” accumulated rainfall forecast report revealed. “Today the river level at Luuq along Juba is 6.10m which above the high risk of flooding. River flooding [has been] reported in Luuq area and the surroundings.”
SWALIM added that “the three days rainfall forecast is calling for more rains in the basins. Given the rainfall forecast and the rising levels there is a high risk of flooding along the Juba River as well as the Middle and lower reaches of Shabelle River in the coming days.”