BALADWEYNE (Sh.M.Network)—Massive flash floods in Somalia’s central town of Beledweyne, the provincial capital of Hiiraan region, has left more than 4 people dead and hundreds made homeless on Friday, witnesses and officials said.
The city has received heavy rainfall that raged on for at least 10 hours on Thursday and Friday, causing the Shabelle River to burst its banks and made floods into the town. Thousands of cattle have drowned.
“The water level in the town reached 3 feet and destroyed hundreds of houses and completely submerged more villages in the southern parts of the city,” a resident said.
Medics say there is fear of outbreak of malaria and other lethal diseases due to the flood waters across the city, some 350 Km north of east Mogadishu.
Meanwhile, Somali government officials in the area called the local and international aid agencies for immediate humanitarian assistance to the needy and flood effected people in the town.
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