In total, more than 427,000 people were affected in Somalia after above-average rainfall saw rivers burst their banks this month, More rain is predicted next week. “And worst is likely yet to come. With limited access to proper toilets and clean water, it’s a ticking time bomb for disease outbreaks like cholera and malaria,” said Victor Moses, country director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
The Al shabaab terrorist group in Somalia have taken advantage of the crisis the Somali population is facing. The group who have terrorized citizens for years have resulted in blocking residents from receiving aid from humanitarian agencies.
Victims of the floods have revealed that some militants have gone to the rural areas warning locals not to go for food and medical supplies offered by the aid agencies or they will be killed. However, aid agencies with the help of security agencies are still on the ground despite such challenges.
Drought and conflict caused more than 1.3 million people in Somalia to flee their homes since last year.The country has been mired in conflict since 1991. The government is struggling to assert control over poor, rural areas under the Islamist militant group Al Shabaab, challenging the delivery of aid to the most needy.
54,000 people in settlements near the capital Mogadishu have been affected by flooding and main roads to Mogadishu are impassable, with large areas of crops damaged. Before the floods struck, an estimated 5.4 million people needed emergency aid, including food, water and shelter.