two main rivers have burst their banks in the last two weeks,
flooding towns and villages in the center and south of the
in the Middle and Lower Juba regions in southern Somalia told
Reuters hundreds of farms along the Juba river had been abandoned
and the road connecting the capital Mogadishu with the southern
port city of Kismayu had been cut.
from the Shabelleh river, which flows through central Somalia,
have also flooded residential districts of Beletuein, the
regional capital of Hiran region.
800 families have been forced from their homes, witnesses
said. The United Nations' World Food Programme said on Monday
a flood assessment showed that some people had been stranded
but there was no food crisis.
waiting to see if there is further rainfall in (neighboring)
Ethiopia," a WFP spokeswoman said.
watching the situation but from a food perspective there is
nothing dramatic at the moment."
seasonally wet in Somalia.
of Africa has suffered an outbreak of famine this year after