Somalis ‘killed in Puntland’ during tropical cyclone

 

A tropical cyclone that hit the north-eastern Somali region of Puntland over the weekend killed up to 100 people, the regional lead has told the BBC.

Puntland’s President Abdirahman Farole said thousands of livestock had also died and hundreds of homes had been destroyed.

The semi-autonomous region was hit by strong winds, heavy rains and flash floods on Saturday and Sunday.

Some fishermen have also been reported missing.

The tropical cyclone, known as 03A, affected coastal areas and continued inland.

Mr Farole said the areas affected were now inaccessible by road.

The authorities were trying to organise to send in food – dates and biscuits – by air to those affected by the cyclone, he said.