NAIROBI, 19 November 2008 (IRIN) - At
least 8,000 hectares of farmland in southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region
have been destroyed after the Shabelle river burst its banks, displacing
thousands of people, officials said.
The flooding occurred around the town
of Kurtunwarey, 140km south of Mogadishu.
"In Afgoye Yarey alone, the population
of some 1,750 families [about 10,500 people], were affected. Not a single
resident is there now," Sidow Hassan Arkey, an elder, told IRIN on
"We were about to harvest [crops]