Embassy of China in Somalia announced a donation of approximately $140,000 on Wednesday to support those affected by the devastating floods in the country. The ongoing floods, triggered by heavy rains, have displaced over 1.7 million people in Somalia. Chinese Ambassador to Somalia, Fei Shengchao, stated that the funds would be utilized to provide crucial humanitarian support to those affected by the floods, which have claimed more than 50 lives and displaced over 700,000 individuals nationwide.
Notably, China is the first country to offer direct assistance to Somalia since the onset of severe floods in early October. Fei emphasized China’s commitment to standing by the people of Somalia during challenging times. In addition to the financial aid, he announced that more than 1,000 tons of emergency food assistance would soon arrive to further support disaster relief efforts in Somalia. This, he stated, reflects China’s dedication to realizing the vision of a “community with a shared future for mankind.”
“The Chinese government consistently stands by the people of Somalia in difficult situations and has pledged to participate in reconstructing the economic infrastructure damaged by the rains and in building dams,” Fei informed journalists in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Mohamuud Moallim, commissioner of the Somalia Disaster Management Agency, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Somali government for China’s generous assistance. He assured that the aid would be efficiently utilized to provide timely relief to those affected by the disaster.