Anger and Resentment against Somalia’s Government as floods rage in Middle Shabelle Region

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA, November 5th, 2014 ( Somali Agenda)- A year after the Shabelle River broke its banks, people in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle Province are again overwhelmed as fresh floods continue to cause widespread destruction washing away villages.

In the district of Mahaday, one of the worst-hit regions, the floods have displaced thousands of people causing a humanitarian disaster. In neighboring Hiiraan Region, the floods have similarly impacted the regional capital of Baladweyn as parts of the city are currently under siege by the floodwaters.

The United Nation’s Food and agricultural Organization warned that flood levels will continue to rise as more rains are expected in the Ethiopian highlands in the coming weeks.

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia’s Shabelle Valley Region coincides with a political crisis among the country’s top leadership as anger and resentment against the federal government’s poor response continues to grow. Residents in the regions impacted by the floods say they feel abandoned by the government. A similar inadequate response from Somalia’s Federal Government during last year’s Jowhar Floods drew sharp and extensive condemnations.

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