At least 10 people killed in Somalia by severe flooding 0:38

(CNN) -- The death toll from floods caused by heavy rains in Somalia has risen to 96, state news agency SONNA said on Saturday.

"The death toll from floods in Somalia stands at 96," SONNA said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, adding that the toll had been confirmed by Mahamuud Moallim, head of the country's disaster management agency.

Flooded streets are seen from the air in the Somali town of Beledweyne on Nov. 19, 2023.

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

Both are weather patterns that impact ocean surface temperatures and cause above-average rainfall.

The floods have been described as the worst in decades and have displaced some 700,000 people, according to the United Nations.


Heavy rains have led to widespread flooding across the country, causing displacement and exacerbating an already existing humanitarian crisis caused by years of insurgency.

In neighboring Kenya, the floods have so far killed 76 people, according to the Kenya Red Cross, and have also led to widespread displacement, destruction of roads and bridges and left many residents without shelter, clean water or food, according to the charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).