Friday, May 02, 2003

SOMALIA: Floods destroy property, land
NAIROBI, 1 MAY 2003 (IRIN) - Large areas of the Horn of Africa, particularly in Somalia, are likely to be affected by flooding due to recent heavy rains, a report has warned.

According to the Weather Advisory for the Greater Horn of Africa (WAGHA) - published by the US government's Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) and partners - the areas most likely to be affected in the next three days include the Juba and Shabelle river basins in southern Somalia, and the Nyando, Nzoia and Migori river basins in Western and Nyanza provinces of Kenya.

Abdi Egal, a Somali businessman in Kismayo, told IRIN on Thursday that the Juba valley had already been flooded, with thousands of hectares of farmland inundated. MORE

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