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Shabelle River starts to recede, bringing relief to flood-affected Beledweyne"

Monday May 22, 2023

Beledweyne (HOL) - The Shabelle River, which flooded Beledweyne town, has started to recede since Sunday night, according to community members.

The flooding of the river has affected several villages, including Bundaweyn, Kooshin, Howlwadaag, and Hawa Tako. The receding floodwaters have brought joy to the people who were displaced from their homes.

Some residents express hope that the river water will continue to recede throughout the rest of May.

Reports from the Somali regional state in Ethiopia indicate that the Shabelle River, which also flooded several parts of the state, has started to recede back into the river.

Floods have caused almost a quarter of a million people to flee their homes after the Shabelle river broke its banks and submerged the town of Beledweyne, even as the country faces its most severe drought in four decades, according to the government.

Aid agencies and scientists have warned climate change is among the key factors accelerating humanitarian emergencies, while those impacted are some of the least responsible for CO2 emissions.

Seasonal rains in Somalia and upstream in the Ethiopian highlands triggered flash floods that washed away homes, crops, and livestock, and temporarily closed schools and hospitals in Beledweyne, the capital of Hiraan region, local residents said.


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