The Somali Disaster Management Agency (SoDMA) has issued a strong warning concerning the imminent threat of heavy rainfall that is expected to hit various regions of the country in the coming week.
The latest weather forecast has prompted officials to express deep concern about the potential for widespread destruction and loss of life.
According to an official press release issued by SoDMA, the forecast for the third week of November 2023 indicates that heavy rains are expected to drench all regions of Somalia. Of particular concern are the regions of Gedo and Awdal, which are projected to experience an alarming 150-200 mm of rainfall.
The regions of Bay, Bakool, Hiran, Sool, Nugal, North West, Mudug, Galgaduud, Middle Shabelle, Lower Shabelle, Middle Jubba, and Banadir are also expected to bear the brunt of the downpour, with rainfall levels predicted to range between 30 and 80 mm.
The gravity of the situation cannot be overstated, as the government of Somalia has expressed grave apprehension about the catastrophic damage and flooding that may ensue as a result of the anticipated rains. The already dire circumstances have been exacerbated by the devastating floods that have already claimed the lives of 51 individuals and affected over a million people.
The impact of the ongoing rains has been nothing short of devastating, with homes destroyed, infrastructure damaged, and entire communities displaced. The Somali authorities have been working to provide emergency relief and support to those affected, but the scale of the disaster is overwhelming.
Efforts are underway to bolster disaster management systems and coordinate with international organizations to mitigate the impact of the forthcoming rainfall. However, the unpredictable nature of weather patterns and the vulnerability of Somalia’s infrastructure pose significant challenges.
Local authorities and humanitarian agencies are urging residents in at-risk areas to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. This includes potential evacuations to higher ground, securing belongings, and following the guidance of emergency services.
The international community is closely monitoring the situation and stands ready to offer assistance to Somalia in their relief and recovery efforts. The United Nations and various humanitarian organizations have already mobilized resources to provide vital aid, including shelter, food, clean water, and medical assistance.