Experts warn of looming floods along the Juba and Shabelle rivers

19Oct 2019
The Guardian
Experts warn of looming floods along the Juba and Shabelle rivers

There is high risk of flooding along the Juba and Shabelle rivers given the onset of rains in Somalia and the Ethiopian highlands, the UN has warned.

Through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the report noted that the areas to watch along the Shabelle River include Beletweyne town and its environs; where the river is currently near bankfull and other riverine towns in the Lower Shabelle region.Areas to watch along the Juba include Luuq and the mid reaches of the River. The flood risk could be further exacerbated by weak river embankments and open river banks commonly seen in Somalia.

The Deyr rains (September-December) began in some parts of the country, according to the FAO-led Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM).Parts of the north eastern regions started to receive rains in mid-September and the last week of September also saw moderate rains in parts of the Gedo region in Jubaland.The rains are projected to be more widespread during the coming weeks as indicated in the map and the season is expected to end in early December.

Meanwhile, Somali security forces have raided online forex centres in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

According to sources, the forces directed the staff at the centres to stop operations and close it.

The soldiers raided three centres belonged to Camel Online Forex Institute in Zobe, Suq-Ba'ad and Makka al-Mukarama.

It is not yet clear the motive behind the closure of the centres.

Trading is conducted over the 'interbank market'.

The online channel through which currencies are traded 24 hours a day, five days a week.

Forex is one of the largest trading markets, with a global daily turnover estimated to exceed US$5 trillion.

Different forex platforms operating as centres for foreign money exchange are downloadable on Google Play and Apple App Store, and aggressively market themselves through social media, promising huge and instant returns.

In the same vein, Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Kheire has flown to United State for World Bank and IMF summit.

The prime Minister's high-level delegation including some of his cabinet was seen off at the Adan Adde International Airport by senior Government officials.

Confirming the departure of Mr. Kheire, the PM office said PM Kheire will hold discussions with officials from both International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

"Off to the USA to attend the World Bank & IMF News annual meetings; pertinent topics under discussion include securing debt relief & arrears clearance for Somalia," reads a Twitter post by the office of PM Kheire.

PM vowed that his office will work assiduously to attain and sustain ultimate development objectives.

World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund 2019 Annual Meetings are expected to open this week as dozens of world leaders poor into Washington.

World Bank Group President David Malpass will address the press during the meetings.

The Annual Meetings are attended by approximately 2,800 delegates from our member countries, 350 observer organization representatives and 800 members of the press. Approximately 550 accredited civil society members also participate in the Meetings.

The meetings are comprised of events open to all attendees, ministerial-level invitation-only sessions closed bilateral meetings, and events open only to the Press.