Somalia has been hit with its worst flood in 30 years, families are displaced, children are missing, and the death toll continues to rise.
On October 31, Central and southern areas of Somalia are primarily flooded including the city of Beledweyne, the capital of the Hiiraan province. This heavier than anticipated seasonal rainfall has over 270,000 people feeling the impacts with neighbourhoods submerged and homes destroyed. The Islamic Association of North America has confirmed the deaths of 20 people.
To evacuate the area, community members are piling on to tractors and boats. A UN agency has reported that a boat carrying 20 people also capsized on the river, the whereabouts of many passengers are still unknown. As people are searching for shelter, temporary camps are being built to support those displaced.
"Somalia is on the front line of the climate crisis, and resources are being stretched to their limits," Mohamud Mohamed Hassan, Save the Children Somalia Country Director says to CNN.
The UN states, those suffering are in need of food, medicine, mosquito nets, and clean water. Health risks are the biggest concerns as potential waterborne diseases, cholera, and malaria outbreaks tend to occur in these situations.
According to meteorologists, almost one million people in the East Africa region will be in danger as they predict another tropical storm on the way.
For Christians in these areas, this is another deadly hardship. Somalia is number three on the World Watch List meaning that there are no safe places for Christians. Christian persecution is rampant with Islamic terrorist groups violently pursuing believers. Christians with a Muslim background are a high target for these groups. Open Doors shares that Christians face violent persecution from families and community members as well. In fact, often when someone is suspected of being a convert, family members harass, intimidate, and in some cases kill the believer.
Similar to the floods the persecution is only worsening.