North-eastern Puntland in Somalia has been washed away by severe cyclone

Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013

tropical stormThe north-eastern region of Puntland, Somalia has been hit by tropical cyclone. The area is disaster prone said sources from the Somalia government.

 

 

The death toll has risen from about 100 to 300 according to unconfirmed reports. The cyclone has destroyed hundreds of homes and thousands of livestock. In the next 48 hours more floods are expected to occur in the region said Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon. Puntland is a semi-autonomous region within Somalia, where many people are poor.

 

 

The cyclone had swept through the Eyl, Beyla, Dangorayo and Hafun districts along the eastern coast and across to Alula at the tip of the Horn of Africa and Somalia’s Interior Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled said the central government pledged $1m (£628,000) to help communities devastated by the cyclone.

 

According to local news sources nearly 300 have died already however the government has declared the death toll to be 100.

 

Government sources declared that preliminary information indicates that homes, buildings, boats and entire villages have been destroyed and over 100,000 livestock lost, endangering the livelihoods of tens of thousands of local people.

 

Relief efforts have been hampered after roads and air strips were washed away. Electricity has also been disrupted and mobile phone masts destroyed, making communication extremely difficult, the Puntland government said.

 

Trucks loaded with 60 tonnes of food, clean water and blankets headed are stuck in Puntland’s Nugal region because flash floods have made many areas inaccessible, Garoweonline reports.

 

The President has asked for international help as he mentioned that helicopter airdrop facility will come in use at this time.

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