Lower Shebelle

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lower shabelle
Shabeellaha Hoose
شبيلي السفلى
The Merca beachside.
The Merca beachside.
Location in Southern Somalia.
Location in Southern Somalia.
Coordinates: 1°46′6″N 44°23′24″E / 1.76833°N 44.39000°E / 1.76833; 44.39000Coordinates: 1°46′6″N 44°23′24″E / 1.76833°N 44.39000°E / 1.76833; 44.39000
Country  Somalia
Capital Merca
 • Governor Ibrahim Adan Ali[1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Lower Shebelle (Somali: Shabeellaha Hoose, Arabic: شبيلي السفلى‎) is an administrative region (gobol) in southern Somalia.[2]


It is bordered by the Somali regions of Banaadir, Middle Shebelle (Shabeellaha Dhexe), Hiran, Bay and Middle Juba (Jubbada Dhexe), and the Indian Ocean. Lower Shebelle is named after the Shebelle River, which passes through it.

Until 1984, when the regions were reassigned, it was part of the larger Benadir region and its capital was Mogadishu. However, the provincial capital is now Merca.


Lower shabelle consists of the following districts:[3]

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  1. ^ "News in Brief, 21st March 2014" (PDF). Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Districts of Somalia". Statoids. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 

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