Posted on May 22, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
Over 30 people have been killed and many are still missing after a cyclone hit the horn of Africa on Saturday 19th May.
Local officials are describing Cyclone Sagar as the strongest storm to ever hit the region.
Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman told VOA Somali that more than 300 homes in the Somali capital are under water following heavy rains.
Authorities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland confirmed the deaths of the residents in Awdal, Sahel and Salal. Residents are said to have seen the victims swept away by the flash floods.
An official in the Salal region, Abdi Abdullahi Elmi, told VOA Somali that the death toll could rise as rescue teams try to reach remote areas of the region affected by the rains.
A statement from the office of Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi said 669,000 people have been affected by the cyclone, large numbers of crops were destroyed and 80 percent of the livestock in Somaliland have been killed.
There has been a global request for humanitarian support to help those affected by the cyclone.
The Norwegian Refugee Council said more than 10,000 people were displaced in Somaliland, and homes and fishing boats were destroyed in Puntland. The NRC also reported the deaths of two people in Djibouti, where it said 20,000 people have been affected by flooding.
Mohamed Aw Ahmed Ateye is the head of the district council in Baki, Somaliland where six people were killed: "There is a huge loss of lives and destruction of properties”.
“The floods destroyed the crops, farm equipment and bridges... after 17 hours of rains,” he continued.
The Somali government and United Nations have appealed for $80 million to provide immediate help for people affected by recent flooding in the country’s south-central regions.
According to United Nations, the heaviest rains in three decades continue to fall across Somalia. There is also heavy rainfall in the Ethiopian highlands where two rivers that pass through Somalia originate. It says 772,500 people have been affected by flooding in Somalia with more than 229,000 displaced.