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Mogadishu hosts an emergency meeting on floods in Baladweyn

Mogadishu(Mogadishu center) An emergency meeting is due to be held in Mogadishu to discuss how respond to those affected by floods In Baladweyn town in central Somalia, following the heavy rains in the region.

The secretary general of the ministry of humanitarian affairs Mohamed Omar said  representatives of several organisations working in the humanitarian sector as well as officials from the government will attend the conference which will be held at the office of the prime minister.

He added that the number of internally displaced people as a result of the floods are high particularly in Hirshabelle and Jubaland states.

The president of Hirshabelle regional state Mohammed Waare said yesterday the catastrophe in Beledweyne is beyond the capacity of the state, urging the international and local organisations to provide urgent assistance to those displaced due to the floods.

The recent heavy rainfalls in Somalia resulted in Shabelle and Juba rivers to break their banks and flood to the towns, and it is regarded as the first of its kind since 1997, where many people died in Somalia after heavy floods washed away towns and villages around the rivers or Shabelle and Juba.


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