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Lower Shabelle (Somali: Shabeellaha Hoose[3], Arabic: شبيلي السفلى‎, Italian: Basso Scebeli) is an administrative region (gobol) in southern Somalia.[4]

Lower Shabelle

Shabeellaha Hoose
شبيلي السفلى

Basso Scebeli
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
 • GovernorIbrahim Adan Ali[1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
HDI (2017)0.316[2]
low · 10th



It is bordered by the Somali regions of Banaadir, Middle Shabelle (Shabeellaha Dhexe), Hiran, Bay, Middle Juba (Jubbada Dhexe) and by the Indian Ocean. Lower Shabelle 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

  • mercca capital region
  • Afgoi
  • Awdhagle
  • Baraawe
  • Kurtunwarey
  • Qoriyoley
  • Sablaale
  • Walaweyn

Major townsEdit


  1. ^ "News in Brief, 21st March 2014" (PDF). Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ GeoNames Search
  4. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013.

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