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Deadly flooding in Somali capital

Map of Somalia

Floods have left at least six people dead in and around the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Torrential rains over the weekend also affected thousands of displaced people living in camps outside the city.

The floods came after another week of violence in Somalia, in which dozens of civilians, two aid workers and a BBC reporter were killed.

The UN World Food Programme has warned that nearly half Somalia's population will require aid later this year.

Residents of one camp for displaced people near Mogadishu told the BBC's Mohamed Olad Hassan that the floods had forced people from their shelters.

"There is nothing else I could do but to try and stop the flood into my shack with sand, we are still doing the same," one woman said.

Somalia has experienced almost constant civil conflict since the collapse of Mohamed Siad Barre's regime in January 1991.

It is estimated that the conflict has created more than one million refugees.

Violence continued last week despite a ceasefire signed by the government and opposition in neighbouring Djibouti.

The deal was signed by a top Islamist leader, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, and Prime Minister Nur Adde, but another Islamist leader has promised to continue fighting.


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