24 March 2016

Somalia: Ethiopia Closes Shabelle River Water Going to Somalia

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The leader of Somali regional federal state of Ethiopia Abdi Mohamud Omar (Iley) said they have deliberately stopped the water flow into Shabelle rivers, the main resources of Somalis.

"We are storing Shabelle river water flow behind the walls for a dam purpose and irrigation of our own farming fields in Somali region of Ethiopia," said Iley.

He said the move is more important for his people rather than the dying Somalis who are 80% dependent on the Shabelle river water, in terms of their cultivation of the farms.

The comments by the leader of Somali regional administration of Ethiopia come as Shabelle river water which come from Ethiopia and goes through southern Somalia has dried up, causing sever drought.

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