Somalia’s most powerful storm leaves traders, herders devastated

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Nov 25, 2020 at 6:38 PM
  • Electronics shop owner Mohamed Nor had a thriving business selling televisions and phones in Somalia’s coastal town of Bosaso until three days ago, when the most powerful storm to hit the country hammered his business and left him with nothing.
  • Cyclone Gati is the strongest storm to hit the Horn of Africa nation since satellite records began – bringing two years of rain in two days and wind speeds of 170 kph (105 mph) to northeastern Somalia’s Puntland region on Sunday.
  • The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Wednesday Gati had weakened and was expected to dissipate in the coming hours, but had left “a trail of physical and economic damage”.