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Somalia    Somalia   

Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the Northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa's mainland. Wikipedia

Capital: Mogadishu

Population: 15.89 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: Somali shilling

President: Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo

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The Meteorological Department of the Ministry of Agriculture in Somaliland has issued a critical weather forecast, cautioning residents of the state about the looming threat of moderate to heavy rains and flash floods expected to persist from October 24 to 31. The western regions of Woqoyi Galbeed and Awdal, along with the Togdheer region, are anticipated to be the hardest hit by this weather event.

Officials have attributed this anticipated heavy rainfall to the potential influence of tropical cyclone "Tej," which has reportedly formed in the Indian Ocean over the past few days and is currently making its way towards Oman and Yemen.

In a concerning development, the port town of Berbera experienced significant heavy rainfall on October 26, leading to the flooding of numerous buildings and waterlogging in several areas. The Mayor of Berbera issued a warning, urging residents in old structures to relocate to safer accommodations.

The Meteorological Department has issued further guidance, advising individuals residing in low-lying areas and valleys to remain vigilant. Additionally, fishermen have been urged to secure their vessels and equipment, withdrawing them from the sea to mitigate potential losses.

Somaliland's coastal regions have a history of vulnerability to sporadic cyclones originating in the Indian Ocean, with the last significant cyclone, known as "Sagar," recorded in 2018. This event resulted in at least 52 reported fatalities and widespread devastation, particularly in the Awdal Region's Lughaya and Zaylac districts. Authorities are working diligently to ensure preparedness and response measures are in place to minimize the impact of cyclone "Tej" on the region.

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Humanitarian Impact
  278,000
      Affected Persons
                ↳ Updated: 24-Oct-23

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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