July 23, 2012 ·1 Comments
BORAMA — Parts of Gabiley region are under water after heavy rains with strong downpours and hailstorms caused heavy flooding and havoc on Sunday evening. The unexpected rains have have damaged crops and houses and killed hundreds of livestock already weak from the recent droughts in the region.
According to eyewitnesses the biggest damages occurred in villages between the agricultural border-town of Tog-Wajale and Kalabaydh. Local authority has told Somalilandpress that more than 610 mm (24 inches) of rain have fallen over the past 24 hours in spots in Gabiley province displacing pastoral communities. They said they have dispatched emergency management staff to the affected area.
The regional authority has warned more storm clouds were heading down Gabiley despite the fact that it is currently the driest season in Somaliland. They added clean-up phase was set to begin today (Monday) and called on the national government to extend more assistance.
Many regions are currently experiencing water and food shortages in particular some coastal spots.
Somaliland recently asked the international community to help more than 200,000 people said to be on the brink of starvation due to recent severe droughts. Hargeisa said apart from receiving small aid from local, regional and some international NGOs, the international community has thus far ignored their appeal.
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