Somalia: Recently Renovated Barawe Airport Runway Swept Away by Floods

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) –Heavy rains lashed Barawe town in Somalia, sweeping away recently renovated EU funded airport runway, making it unusable after a few weeks it has been fully functioning.

The Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has reopened Barawe airport on March 10th after it was renovated with $4.3 million as part of funds allocated by the EU, but scandals have been emerging as images taken from the airport reached the public.

People were astonished at the announcement of the Somali PM about the cost of the airport renovation. To many, it has been ridiculous that such a sandy airport with no runway and good looking terminals to cost $4.3 million.

Mild rains have on Friday swept away the airport’s sandy runway as floods carried away sand and unearthed big cracks while parts of Barawe airport have turned into water pools.

The government has not yet commented on this latest scandal, but has met a social media backlash.

The EU ambassador had earlier supported the announcement of the Somali government that Barawe airport was renovated with $4.3 million, spurning criticisms.

Somalia still remains world’s most corrupt country despite government claims that it is committed to stamping out the misdemeanor, but this latest scandal tarnishes the image of President Farmajo who has been in a media campaign to win a reelection.

Below are the images of Barawe airport after waters have swept away the sandy runway.

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