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Floods sweep IDP camps outside Mogadishu

Heavy rains hit Mogadishu on Monday, causing damage to buildings and giving rise to flash floods which swept away shanty buildings in two displaced people's camps south of the city, a spokesperson for the independent television and radio station HornAfrik told IRIN on Wednesday.

The floods destroyed several hundred dwellings occupied by some of the estimated 220,000 displaced Somalis who have sought refuge in Mogadishu from fighting in other parts of the country.

The floods brought a tide of sewage through the shanty towns, raising concerns about the potential for the spread of disease, the station added. In central Mogadishu, several businesses remained closed and newspapers suspended publication for a day.

 

 


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