3 October 2012

Somalia: Heavy Rains Displace Thousands of Families

Baladweyne — Heavy floods are reported to fall again in Somalia's central town of Hiiraan, days after river floods displaced thousands of families.

The rainfall washed down hundreds of houses in the town, forcing many to flee to the nearby villages for survival. Flood victims expressed concern about the possibility of waterborne diseases if help is not forthcoming.

Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has paid on Tuesday a short visit to central region of Hiiraan to assess the humanitarian needs for the displaced people.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, estimate that 3,500 families have been displaced from Beledweyne town... A number of people have been killed in the flooding," he added. Fatality estimates range from six to over 20.

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