Thousands of displaced people due to flooding along the Shabelle River, Somalia

Thousands of displaced people due to flooding along the Shabelle River, Somalia
Thousands of displaced people due to flooding along the Shabelle River, Somalia
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Aid organizations in Somalia report flooding along the Shabelle River has forced thousands of families to flee their homes. The flooding reportedly killed two young children.

The non-governmental organization African Relief & Development (ARD-AFRICAN) has reported flooding along the Shabelle River in areas between Jowhar and Balkad in the Middle Shabelle region since 11 August 2021.

Several villages have been affected, including Boodaale, where 2 children are reported to have died and more than 500 families have moved from their homes to higher elevations. Other villages along the river were also affected, including Xawaadleey. An estimated 2,000 families were displaced and 400 hectares of crops destroyed, ARD-AFRICAN reported.

As of 15 August 2021, the water level in the Shabelle River at the measuring station in Jowhar exceeded the level of moderate risk (5 meters) and was 5, 10 meters, which is the highest level this year. The high risk level here is 5.25 meters. Over the past 3 weeks, the water level in the river has been steadily rising after falling in June and July. As of July 27, the level was only 2.5 meters.

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