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Floods kill 81 in Somalia

Floods in Somalia have killed 81 more people, bringing the death toll to almost 1,700 since rain began to deluge eastern and southern Somalia in late September, aid agencies said yesterday.

More than 230,000 people have been displaced and almost 30,000 livestock are reported killed, according to a statement by the Nairobi-based Somalia Aid Co-ordination Body (SACB).

Aid officials, who collate daily casualty figures, say flood-related diseases such as malaria account for an increasing number of the 1,695 deaths.

- Reuters, Nairobi