The semi-autonomous region of Puntland declares a Natural Disaster Emergency in parts of the State after a tropical cyclone storm wreaked death and destruction across its path along the vast coast of Puntland State of Somalia.
The storm made landfall on Saturday morning (Nov. 9, 2013) in the vast coastal area of Puntland, particularly between Eyl, Beyla, Dangorayo, and Hafun Districts (Garduush area) along the eastern coast, to Alula District at the tip of the Horn of Africa, along the northeastern coast of Puntland. The storm brought high wind speeds and heavy torrential rains, causing flash floods and cutting off road access to the coastal areas. Weather forecasts indicate that the storm pattern is expected to expand further inland and continue up to Wednesday.
The president of the Federal Government of Somalia H.E. Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud sent his personal condolences to those affected by the devastating tropical cyclone that has hit Somalia.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the families who have suffered terrible losses after this natural disaster,; the President said. I call on all Somalis here and in the Diaspora to rally round to their brothers and sisters and provide urgent assistance. I also appeal to our friends in the international community to lend their utmost support.
Obviously, the new climatic tears for cyclone comes after when the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw began yesterday with calls for governments to harness the strong groundswell of action on climate change across all levels of government, business and society and make real progress towards a successful, global climate change agreement in 2015.
The UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (11 to 22 November) is currently being attended by government delegates, representatives from business and industry, environmental organizations, research institutions and the media. More than 100 Heads of State and Government and Ministers are scheduled to attend the high-level segment of the meeting, which begins on 19 November and ends with a decision-making plenary on 22 November but Somalia authorities are absent and not aware of much of these imperative conferences in order to represent their vulnerable nation and society by the climate change.