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South Africa: Zuma Conveys Condolences to Cyclone Hit Somalia

Saturday, November 16, 2013

President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences to the people of Somalia following a tropical cyclone which killed at least 150 people and has affected more than 250 000 households.

Authorities in the northeastern Somali state of Puntland on Wednesday said heavy torrential rains, high wind speeds and flooding had created a state of emergency. Hundreds were feared dead and unaccounted for.

The region was hit by tropical cyclone on Saturday and heavy rains which led to flash floods. The roads cut by the storm are posing a logistical problem and hampering the delivery of aid to the coastal areas, said officials.

A million livestock have perished leaving the vulnerable people of Somalia more destitute.

"Our sincere sympathy goes out to all the victims of the cyclone; in particular, women and children who are the worst affected during such natural disasters. The people of South Africa share the pain and loss of those who lost their loved ones, their homes and property.

"South Africa stands by Somalia and we also wish those injured speedy recovery," said Zuma.


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