Saturday May 19, 2018
A powerful tropical cyclone which formed in the Gulf of Aden has caused
heavy rains in northern Somalia in the past two days, destroying houses
and leaving about 2,000 livestock dead, the UN said on Saturday. It
said in Puntland, heavy rainfall was observed in the northern area of
Bari, with Bareeda, Caluula, Murcanyo, Gumbax, and some parts of Xaabo
being among the worst affected areas.
its Flash Update on the Tropical Cyclone Sagar, the UN office for
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned that the heavy rains
were expected along the coastline of Somaliland on Saturday afternoon.
and humanitarians are closely monitoring the situation as it unfolds in
Puntland and Somaliland," said the UN humanitarian agency.
"Around 35 houses and 15
small boats were destroyed, while 56 camels, nearly 1,260 goats and
sheep and 19 donkeys died. In the ancient coastal town of Lasqoray,
houses in Habarshiro and Ceel Buh were also affected by flash flooding,"
said the UN.
It noted that huge ocean waves were experienced in
coastal areas on Thursday and Friday, with most of the affected people
displaced or moved to higher ground.
Sagar was named by UK
Meteorological Office on Wednesday, after beginning life as a tropical
depression (1A) in the Gulf of Aden.
The UN office adds the
forecast appears to be as severe as the 2013 Somali Cyclone, but
slightly below the severity of the 2008 Yemen Cyclone. However, much
will depend upon the track of the cyclone over the coming days.
UN has warned that severe flash flooding and river flooding across the
region will lead to a loss of human life, livestock, and the destruction
of crops, property and infrastructure.