An aerial view shows flooded fields after heavy rains in Baidoa, Somalia, on Nov. 16, 2023. Photo: Feisal Omar/Reuters.

The death toll from floods caused by heavy rains in Somalia has risen to 96, state news agency SONNA said on Saturday on its Twitter account, adding that the toll had been confirmed by Mahamuud Moallim, head of the country's disaster management agency.

#Somalia's Flood Death Toll Climbs to 96: SoDMA Commissioner @MahamuudMoallim confirms the devastating impact of floods, with 28 fatalities resulting from a boat capsize caused by al-Shabaab interference. He also outlines coordinated flood mitigation initiatives and urges...

— SONNA (@SONNALIVE) November 25, 2023

Like the rest of eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa, Somalia has been hit by incessant heavy rains that began in October, triggered by El Niño and Indian Ocean Dipole weather events.

(With information from agencies)