Mogadishu: At least 100 people are feared dead in a ferocious storm battering Somalia’s northeastern Puntland region, the local government said today, warning that hundreds more are missing. “A tropical cyclone storm (has) wreaked death and destruction… the storm brought high wind speeds and torrential rains, causing flash floods,” said a statement from Puntland’s semi-autonomous government.
“Information collected from coastal areas via irregular telephone contact over the past 48 hours indicates that up to 100 people might have been killed, while hundreds of other people remain unaccounted for,” it added.
“Preliminary information also indicates that homes, buildings, boats and entire villages have been destroyed and over 100,000 livestock lost, endangering the livelihoods of tens of thousands of local people,” the government said. AFP