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UN: Floods in Somalia Displace More Than 250,000 People

November 2,2019

East Africa has been experiencing heavy rains, experts say, with floods forcing families from their homes, Reuters reported.

The Indian Ocean Dipole, the Indian Ocean’s equivalent of the Pacific Ocean-based El Nino, is at its strongest since 2006, the regional trade bloc of eight East African nations known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development said on Friday.

“In this state, warm moist air flows westwards inland increasing the likelihood of higher rainfall over East African countries,” it said.

In the town of Beledweyne in central Somalia, a river overflowed and about 10 people died when a boat capsized trying to rescue stranded residents, residents stated.

“I am still stranded in a hotel in Beledweyne,” Mohammad Nur told Reuters from the town, adding, “A relative of mine was among those who died after the boat capsized this week.”

Halima Abdullahi, a mother of three, told Reuters by phone that floodwaters had trapped her family and they were desperately awaiting rescue.

“The floods are too much and the river which broke from many parts has not yet been repaired,” she said, adding, “We do not know what to do.”

A tropical storm next week is expected to worsen the floods. Rains are forecast to continue until the end of the year and humanitarian organizations are warning of waterborne diseases and mass displacement.

“Higher than usual rains are expected to continue through November and December, leading to more floods and conditions for disease,” the International Rescue Committee said in a statement, adding, “Recovery from these weather conditions may take years.”



NDRRMC: Cotabato earthquakes death toll rises to 21


MANILA, Philippines – At least 21 people died from the earthquakes that rocked Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao late October, according to the latest report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Saturday, November 2.

In its 6 pm situation report, the NDRRMC said that 16 people were killed in Cotabato, up from the earlier report of 11, where the epicenter of the magnitude 6.6 earthquake on October 29 and magnitude 6.5 earthquake on October 31 was located.

A total of 3 people were killed in Davao del Sur, two in South Cotabato, and one in Sultan Kudarat.

NDRRMC said that injured people were reported in the following areas:

Northern Mindanao
Lanao del Norte (8)
Bukidnon (6)
Davao Region
Davao del Sur (11)
Davao City (4)
Davao del Norte (1)
Cotabato (257)
South Cotabato (40)
Saranggani (3)
Sultan Kudarat (1)
Maguindanao (1)
At least two people remained missing in Davao del Sur, according to the latest report by the NDRRMC.

Damage to infrastructure

NDRRMC said that a total of 28,224 infrastructures were destroyed in Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and BARMM. (LOOK: Davao condo damaged by strong earthquake)

The most affected were 20,921 houses that were totally damaged while 6,429 were partially damaged. (READ: 'We were screaming. Everyone was crying': Tulunan esidents recall earthquake)

There were 755 schools that were partially destroyed while two were totally damaged. Some 36 health facilities were partially destroyed too.

According to the NDRRMC, a total of P16.83 billion worth of assistance have been provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Office of Civil Defense in the affected regions.

In a span of two weeks, Cotabato and parts of Mindanao were rocked by 3 powerful earthquakes starting with the magnitude 6.3 tremor in October 16, with Tulunan, Cotabato, as the epicenter. – Rappler.com


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