28 people have been reported dead in the Somali region of Ethiopia as a result of recent heavy rainfall, leading to widespread flooding.
According to DW Amharic, which cited the region’s Disaster Prevention and Preparedness office, tens of thousands have been displaced. The impact has been particularly severe in eight out of the region’s eleven zones. 33 districts and more than 140 localities have been affected, resulting in the displacement of over 46,000 people.
Bashir Arab, Team Leader of the Somali region’s Disaster Prevention office, informed DW Amharic that around 23,000 households have been displaced. At the time of reporting, the confirmed death toll stood at 28. Concerns persist regarding the likelihood of continued heavy rainfall in the upcoming days, based on forecasts from Ethiopia’s Meteorology Center.
The region’s disaster prevention agency said rescue operations are underway in the eight zones affected by the heavy rain.
In response to the crisis, Mustafa Mohammed, the region’s president, visited the impacted areas and the displaced individuals. Shafi, a resident from one of the affected areas, informed DW Amharic that many houses are flooded. Besides the loss of human lives, the flooding has also caused substantial damage to property and infrastructure.
Earlier this month, a similar incident led to the death of at least 20 individuals in the region. The region had been grappling with a prolonged drought, resulting in significant losses of hundreds of thousands of cattle. It is after a long time that the region received a heavy rainfall.
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