* Rare Tropical Cyclone Strikes Somalia [Earth Observatory; 11 November 2013]
Even as the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan began to emerge in the Philippines, Somalia too experienced one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in its history. Tropical Cyclone 3A moved over Puntland, Somalia, on November 10–11, 2013, causing flash floods that left more than 100 dead. The storm destroyed hundreds of homes and thousands of livestock, according to news reports.
Cyclones are unusual in Somalia. Tropical Cyclone 3A is just the fifth storm to strike the country since records began in 1966, wrote meteorologist Jeff Masters. The last cyclone to come ashore over Somalia was Tropical Cyclone Murjan on October 25, 2012.
* Haiyan finally dying; Somalia’s deadliest tropical storm on record ... [Jeff Masters WunderBlog, via Weather Underground;2013, November 11]
Rare tropical storm kills 100 in Somalia
Tropical Storm Three in the Arabian Sea made landfall in Somalia, Africa on Sunday, bringing sustained winds of 45 mph to the coast and heavy rains inland. The rains triggered flash floods that killed about 100 people, said President Abdirahman Mohamud Farole. According to the International Disaster Database, EM-DAT, this is the deadliest tropical cyclone in Somalia's history, tied with Tropical Cyclone ARB04 of 1994. According to the International Best Track Archive of storm tracks, only four other tropical storms have hit Somalia since accurate satellite measurements began in 1966: Tropical Cyclone Murjan of 2012, Tropical Cyclone ARB04 of 1994, Tropical Cyclone 12A of 1994, and Tropical Cyclone 4B of 1984.
Tropical Cyclone 3A over Somalia, as seen by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite at 07:35 UTC on November 11, 2013. Image credit: NASA.
* Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Somalia Water and Land Information Management (2007) Climate of Somalia. (pdf)
* Somalis 'killed in Puntland' during tropical cyclone [BBC News; 11 November, 2013]
A tropical cyclone that hit the north-eastern Somali region of Puntland over the weekend killed up to 100 people, the regional leader has told the BBC.
* Tropical Storm Alert! Issued: 11th November, 2013 [Relief Web; 11 November, 2013]
Heavy rains reported in North Eastern Somalia as tropical storm 03A passes the Northern Coast of the country During the last 24‐hours a tropical storm named 03A has been developing in the northern Indian Ocean and has hit some coastal areas and inland in Puntland. For the last three hours the storm has been moving away from inland areas towards the Gulf of Aden and coastal areas of Bari and Nugaal regions. The storm brought strong winds and heavy rains within the areas of Bari region (Eyl and Bandar Beyla) causing the death of 7 people in the area. In addition, property including livestock, structures, boats and a dhow from Yemen were destroyed. The area is currently flooded and movements by road have been rendered impossible. Strong winds with heavy rains are therefore expected in some parts of the northern Somalia areas (including Bosasso, Berbera, Eyl and Bandar Beyla) situated in the storm path in the next 24 hours. It is therefore advisable to stay indoors and take the necessary precautions to reinforce infrastructures as the strong winds may lead to destruction of weak structures. Flash floods are also foreseen along these areas.
* 100 feared dead in Somalia storm [Relief Web; 11 November, 2013]
MOGADISHU, November 11, 2013 (AFP) - At least 100 people are feared dead in a ferocious storm battering Somalia's northeastern Puntland region, the local government said Monday, warning that hundreds more are missing. The government in the semi-autonomous region described the situation as a "disaster", with entire villages destroyed, and said it was appealing for emergency international aid. "A tropical cyclone storm (has) wreaked death and destruction... the storm brought high wind speeds and torrential rains, causing flash floods," said a statement from Puntland's government. "Information collected from coastal areas via irregular telephone contact over the past 48 hours indicates that up to 100 people might have been killed, while hundreds of other people remain unaccounted for," it added. Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole said the "crisis was immense", with the government declaring the situation a "disaster". The government is organising relief efforts, but also appealed for international support. "Preliminary information also indicates that homes, buildings, boats and entire villages have been destroyed and over 100,000 livestock lost, endangering the livelihoods of tens of thousands of local people," the government said. Heavy rains and fierce winds are expected to continue until Wednesday, it added. "Affected coastal areas are in need of emergency supplies of clean water, non-perishable foods, medicines, emergency shelter materials, and blankets," the government said, adding it was setting up makeshift shelters for those made homeless. Local authorities in the coastal towns of Eyl and Bandarbeyla said the remote settlements were badly hit. "At least 11 people were killed and six others injured in the Eyl area this morning alone," said Feisal Kalif, deputy commissioner of Eyl. "People are confused, and the situation is getting worse." Somalia has been riven by civil war since the collapse of central government in 1991. Impoverished Puntland, which forms the tip of the Horn of Africa, is run by its own government, although unlike neighbouring Somaliland, it has not declared independence from Somalia. The often lawless region is also home to numerous warlords, as well as for many years hosting pirate gangs who raided far out into the Indian Ocean. Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab are also based in Puntland, with bases in the rugged Golis mountains, honeycombed with caves and difficult to access. On Friday the insurgents staged a failed bid to free comrades in prison in the town of Bosaso, with up to 40 men involved in the raid. The impact of the storm will be a possible complicating factor as Puntland gears up for a presidential election due in early 2014, which was suspended in July after the government warned that the risk of violence was too great.
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