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Flood Hits Central, Southern Somalia


Heavy rain recently hit central and southern Somalia, where the scourge of an earlier drought had hardly left local residents memory.

Floods caused by continuous rain had already broken many river banks in the regions, submerging nearby villages and washing away livestock and plants, said an official of the local authorities.

At least tens of thousands of people had been displaced by the floods and were left in an destitute plight of lack of food and clean water, the official said.

Some local elders also expressed concern over the large numbers of people already fallen for Malaria since the rains have begun some two weeks ago.

The repercussions of the heavy rains in Lower and Middle Shabelleh regions are even falling onto the capital which depends on the areas for food and vegetable supplies.

The meat price in the capital, for example, has doubled due to the disaster.


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