UN: Rains killed 25 people over past week in Somalia

United Nations humanitarian agency on Sunday confirmed the death of 25 people who were killed in torrential rains in Somali capital in the past seven days.

In a statement, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the heavy rains have hit various parts of Somalia, triggering flash floods which have killed and displaced people.

Among the dead include 14 children and seven internally displaced people.

According to the agency, the floods also temporarily affected some of the internally displaced people who are living in sub-standard shelters.

UN agency said, flash floods washed away over 1,250 heads of livestock and damaged shelters in low-lying areas of Ceel Daahir under Bossaso district and Berri Cad under Garowe between April 27 and May 5.

OCHA said riverine flooding has affected an estimated 25,000 people in 15 villages in Jowhar in Middle Shabelle region, displacing people in eight villages and inundating farms.

It said the heavy rains on April 30 flooded the dry river valley in Hargeisa in Somaliland, affecting around 40 houses and washing away seven vehicles.

UN said Juba River reportedly has broken its bank in Doolow, reaching 4.70 meters, which is 0.20 meters above the moderate flooding level, and flooding three villages.

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