On the first meeting of the fourth session of the Federal Republic of Somalia's Parliament, 143 members convened under the chairmanship of Speaker Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur (Madobe). The primary focus of the session was the catastrophic effects of the torrential rains that have ravaged various regions across Somalia. The parliamentarians discussed the extent of flood damage, exploring strategies to mitigate the ongoing crisis and underlining the urgency for charitable organizations to step in and provide immediate aid to the affected populations.
Proposals for rescue operations and the provision of essential goods were at the forefront of the agenda. Speaker Madobe confirmed that further discussions and decision-making would continue on the upcoming Wednesday. As part of their commitment, the Parliament is actively seeking efficient solutions to assist Somali citizens amidst the flooding emergency.
Prime Minister Visits Affected Areas
Hamza Abdi Barre, the Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, accompanied by the President of Jubaland State, Ahmed Mohamed Islam, visited the Luglow area and other surrounding regions impacted by the floods. The Prime Minister expressed deep concern about the dire situation facing the affected families, who have lost their homes, livestock, and agricultural land due to the floods.
He called on the Somali people and humanitarian organizations to extend their support to alleviate the suffering of the affected communities and address the consequences of the disaster. The Prime Minister also emphasized the urgent need for health interventions in the affected areas, as they lack clean water, and there is an increasing risk of waterborne diseases. He urged federal and international aid agencies to actively participate in providing assistance to the Somali populace.
Inauguration of the New Health Centre
Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre, along with Jubbaland state President Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe, officially inaugurated the new centre of the Ministry of Health in Kismayo. The Prime Minister highlighted the centre's importance in battling the health crises related to the floods. He urged the Ministries of Health at both the federal and state levels to intensify their vigilance against infectious diseases caused by contaminated water and to develop clear, actionable strategies.
Officials from the Jubbaland Ministry of Health presented their comprehensive plans to address the consequences of the torrential rains. They highlighted the range of services the Ministry is poised to offer, particularly aimed at supporting the communities in the flood-stricken areas of Jubbaland.
According to the state news agency SONNA, heavy rains in Somalia have resulted in the deaths of 96 people since October. These rains, caused by the weather patterns El Nino and Indian Ocean Dipole, have forced about 700,000 people to leave their homes, according to the United Nations, making a dire situation caused by ongoing conflicts even worse.