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Over 50,000 affected by seasonal floods in Somalia

IANS 12 Nov 2014, 6:52:14 AM IST

United Nations:  The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday said that seasonal flooding in several regions of Somalia affected up to 50,000 people.

"Humanitarian partners had pre-positioned emergencies supplies ahead of the flooding, allowing for rapid response," Xinhua quoted Farhan Haq, deputy UN spokesman, as saying at a daily news briefing here.

Starting in October, heavy rains were reported in south-central Somalia and in upper parts of the Shabelle basin in the Somali-Ethiopian border. The floods casued due to the overflow of waters in Shabelle and Juba Rivers.

"The regional climate outlook for the September-December rainfall season indicates an increased likelihood of above to normal rainfall over much of the Greater Horn of Africa," OCHA said.