(16-11-23) MOGADISHU – President Ali Gudlawe Hussein of the Hirshabelle Federal State, during his visit to the flood-ravaged Mahaday District on Thursday, made an urgent appeal for international humanitarian aid. The district has been severely affected by catastrophic flooding following heavy rains and the overflow of the Shabelle River.
President Gudlawe highlighted the grave situation faced by thousands of families who have lost their homes and livelihoods. “We are witnessing a difficult humanitarian situation,” he stated, emphasizing the reliance of the local populace on the agricultural fields that have now been destroyed.
The Shabelle River, known for its frequent flooding, has inflicted significant damage in Beledweyne, the capital of the Hiran region in Hirshabelle. Recent reports have confirmed the tragic loss of 10 lives in this flooding.
President Gudlawe’s call for assistance comes as the region struggles with the aftermath of this natural disaster. He urged both the Somali community and international charitable organizations to provide support to the affected families.
Further exacerbating the crisis, the Somali Disaster Management Agency (SoDMA) announced on Wednesday that the ongoing floods have claimed 42 lives across the Jubaland and Hirshabelle States. This catastrophic event has left nearly a million residents in dire need of aid.