At least 273,000 people had to flee severe flooding of the Shabelle River in Somalia, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said in a report on Friday.

Calling for urgent humanitarian aid, the report said residents of the worst-affected region of Beledweyne were “sheltering under trees or in emergency tents after their makeshift homes were washed away by floods caused by torrential rain.”

“Floods have destroyed more than three-quarters of Baladweeyne [Beledweyne] and submerged many surrounding villages.

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