As Rain Falls, Flood Victims Throughout Somaliland Still Reeling
By Gulaid Dalha
The Surging Floods Thatched Our Shanty Houses – Mother Asha Ahmed
Hargeisa – (Somali Commentator) Following the onset of heavy rains in Somaliland, victims are seen complaining the ravaging floods that devastated their homes, thatched their roofs, and left them homeless. Asha Ahmed is a mother who lives in Hargeisa. The roofs of her shanty house poked out of the murky brown water. Asha said, “The surging floods thatched our shanty houses – we have no shelter to sleep, no blankets to use at night.” Asha is one of the mothers who live in Hargeisa State House – a small village with numerous shanty houses. For more than two weeks, State House’s mud and straw huts have been submerged by heavy flooding that has recently hit in Hargeisa.
As a result of the ravaging waters, hundreds of State House families fled with most unable to get food and shelter for their small children. The families called the government of Somaliland to dire need for humanitarian help.
Hargeisa State House village is a small village in the west of Hargeisa, where hundreds of people live in. Most of the people living there are hailing from Ethiopia while there also Somaliland dissidents in the village who cannot not afford even a living. Upon residing the State House, those families built shanty houses made of wooden sticks and tarps.
The similar case has been experienced in 150 street in Hargeisa where people are worried about deep puddles in the front of their houses. They claimed that rain has wrought puddles that can bring about the outbreak of diseases.