BANDARBEYLA, Somalia – Torrential rains have ravaged parts of Somalia, leading to fatalities, injuries, and the displacement of hundreds in the Bari region. The Bandarbeyla district, within Puntland state, witnessed severe devastation as two children lost their lives and three sustained injuries following the collapse of their home.
According to Somali National News Agency, the district commissioner of Bandarbeyla, the region experienced four days of incessant rainfall, resulting in the displacement of over 100 families. Yusuf, in a statement to national media, confirmed his communication with higher administration and noted that aid was promptly extended to those affected by the downpour.
The deluge has severely impacted transportation and communication within the region, presenting significant challenges for relief efforts. The Somali government, alongside international partners, has issued an appeal for additional support to manage the crisis and mitigate further dangers to both residents and their means of sustenance.
Attributed to the La Niña climate pattern, these heavy rains are part of an expected trend of increased precipitation affecting East Africa. The Somali Disaster Management Authority (SoDMA) has issued warnings of potential flash and riverine floods anticipated in the near future and advises the populace to exercise caution.