Cyclone Sagar wreaks havoc in Somalia

from SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THE tropical Cyclone Sagar has left at least 16 people dead in Somalia.

It is believed the death toll could be significantly higher amid reports about 40 fishermen were at sea when the cyclone struck this past weekend.

Their fate is unknown.

Heavy rainfall, strong winds and flash floods that hit coastal areas of Puntland and Somaliland also resulted in the loss crops and livestock as well as the destruction of property and infrastructure.

The heavy rains and subsequent flooding are hindering humanitarians’ ability to access some of the areas affected by the cyclone to assess the extent of the damage and provide assistance.

In addition, the cyclone has worsened the humanitarian situation in the two states and disputed regions, which have experienced protracted drought dating back to 2015.

In Somaliland, according to the disaster management authority, an estimated 1 780 families were displaced, and at least 80 families lost their homes.

Puntland, authorities have reported heavy rainfall caused flash flooding in refugee settlements, destroying at least 30 community latrines and leaving many others damaged.

“The flooding will likely increase health risks in the region,” a spokesperson of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Cash-strapped authorities and humanitarian partners are moving to rapidly mobilize resources to assist affected populations.

By Monday (yesterday) morning, meteorological authorities were reporting that Sagar was beginning to weaken into a tropical depression.

The tropical depression itself has remained over parts of Ethiopia and Djibouti.
– CAJ News

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