The Aftermath of the Shabelle River which burst its banks left behind a trail of devastation in Afgoye in the Lower Shabelle region and other towns within its vicinity in the South West regional state of Somalia.
The flood waters swamped small villages and submerged houses in Afgoye sparking fear and uncertainty among the locals who fled their homes for safety.
Eytaro which is near the Afgoye Bridge, as well as Siigale are among the worst hit by the flood waters.
Villages of Jambaluul, Basro, Baqdaad, Sagaaladaad, Galwuuri, Sabiib, and Caanole too were severely affected by the flooding. The raging waters also paralyzed transport in Afgoye making roads impassable.
The central mosque of Afgoye and the local hospitals were not either spared by the raging flood. The roads to the mosque and hospitals were marooned by the flood waters thus forcing locals to wade through the knee-high level waters.
The flooding also destroyed crops wrecking destruction in large farm plantations as well as displacing many people living in Afgoye town in the lower Shabelle region. Many of the affected people were forced to spend the night in the cold.
The Lower Shabelle regional authority said a large number of people were severely affected the flooding and humanitarian aid is underway to mitigate the ravaging impacts of the flood waters on the displaced people adding that the authority is pro-actively engaged in mitigating further devastations of the flood waters.
BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI