The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has appealed for humanitarian aid from both national and international organizations to help the millions of people affected by the catastrophic floods in the country.
Speaking to the state news agency SONNA on Tuesday, the president said that the floods have killed 101 people and displaced one million others, as well as destroying 140,000 houses, 4,000 livestock and vital infrastructure, such as bridges in the cities of Bur-Dhuubo and Baar-Dheere.
The president said that the floods were caused by heavy rains that have battered the East African nation, which has been suffering from drought and famine for several years.
He said that the government has formed a special committee to coordinate the relief efforts and is working hard to reach the victims, who need shelter, food and medicine.
He also called on the public to mobilize and take part in the rescue operations, saying that the Somali people are resilient and can overcome this challenge.
He also thanked the countries and organizations that have already responded to the crisis and expressed his hope that more help will arrive soon.