UN says more than 100 feared dead in Somalia storm

This photo released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team shows an aerial view of flooding in and around Jowhar town in Somalia Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Heavy rains in Somalia coupled with recent disputes between clans have resulted in displaced people seeking shelter at an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) military base near the town of Jowhar, according to AMISOM, while Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon appealed Monday for assistance for those affected. (AP Photo/AU-UN IST, Tobin Jones)

November 13, 2013 8:02:04 AM PST
The United Nations says more than 100 people are feared dead after a rare tropical cyclone hit northern Somalia.

The U.N. said in a statement Tuesday that hundreds more are unaccounted for after heavy rains lashed the northern region of Puntland on Sunday. Communication lines and road access have been severed, hampering the verification of information and delivery of assistance.

Puntland authorities have declared an emergency and asked for aid. Puntland's president originally estimated the death toll at 100. Puntland authorities have increased that estimate to 300.

The U.N. says that according to government estimates, 30,000 people are in need of food, water, shelter and medical supplies. The U.N. estimated that the northern Somali coast got as much rainfall during the storm as in all of 2012 in some areas.