Flash Floods Claim Two Lives in Somalia's Capital


MOGADISHU, Somalia - Devastating flash floods have swept through Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, transforming streets into impassable waterways and causing significant damage to properties and infrastructure. This is a recurrent problem due to the lack of a drainage system. 

The sudden deluge, which reached knee height in some areas, has raised concerns about safety and the impacts of climate change in the region.

According to the Mogadishu municipality, the floods resulted in the tragic loss of two children who drowned. Additionally, 11 houses collapsed, two roads were destroyed, and 325 families were affected by the disaster.

The frequency and severity of such floods in Mogadishu have been on the rise over the years, leading to increased concerns about the impacts of climate change.

The Horn of Africa, including Somalia, has been witnessing increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, with the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reporting a significant increase in the frequency of extreme weather events like droughts and floods due to global warming.

These climatic changes, combined with existing challenges such as political instability and poverty, amplify the impacts of such disasters, exacerbating the vulnerability of the affected populations.

The situation in Mogadishu highlights the urgent need for comprehensive measures to address the impacts of climate change and to build resilience in the face of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.


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