Snowfall in Somalia reported
Wed. June 01, 2005 10:36 am.
The first snowfall on this part of the world has claimed one life and
caused extensive damage to properties. Puntland, northeastern part of
Somalia has never recorded snowfall before last night when snow storms
with high winds destroyed homes in Rako town.
The storm left a blanket of snow on the ground, something residents had
never seen in their lives before. Aside from this unexplained snowfall
on this tropical land, Somalia has experienced very strange weather in
the past few months.
Floods killed people and forced rivers to overflow banks in almost all
parts of the country. Many cities from Hargeisa in the north to
Baladweyn in central were affected badly by heavy rains and floods.
Many people were killed and thousands of livestock washed away by this
strange weather. The country is still struggling to recover from last
month’s killer weather.
With no effective central government, Somalia doesn’t have weather
prediction or climate monitoring systems in place. Somalis think this
unusual weather and last night’s previously unheard of snowfall are
part of the global warming phenomena.