UN issues report on rains in Somalia

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At least 25 people have died in the past seven days of spring rains in Somalia, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

OCHA said 14 of the dead were children and seven were IDPs.

OCHA has announced that 25,000 families in 15 neighborhoods in Jowhar, Middle Shabelle, have been affected by the floods.

OCHA has also warned that heavy rains are expected in mid-May, which could worsen the situation for farmers and riverine residents.

Last Saturday, the FAO warned of further flooding on the Shabelle and Juba rivers.

BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI