The Africa Report: 12 November

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

More than 100 people have died in Tropical Cyclone 03A which hit the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia over the weekend.

MORE THAN 100 DIE IN SOMALIA'S TROPICAL CYCLONE

More than 100 people have died in Tropical Cyclone 03A which hit the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia over the weekend.

Winds reached 90 km/h and more than 350mm of rain fell.

The average annual rainfall in Puntland is 250mm.

Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamud Farole has expressed the region's urgent need for emergency assistance and has called on the international community for help.

In an area plagued with piracy, and with the magnitude of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, it is unknown when and if Puntland's call for help will be answered.

MOROCCO TO GIVE RESIDENCY PAPERS TO MIGRANTS

Morocco has announced its plans to give residency papers to up to 40,000 illegal migrants.

A scheme was unveiled on Monday detailing Morocco's plans to grant residency to between 25,000 and 40,000 illegal migrants from mostly sub-Saharan Africa.

Majority of the migrants attempt to pass through Morocco to gain entry into Europe.

The trips usually involve crossing the Straits of Gibraltar or entering the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta.

Those who have bona fide asylum-seeking status from the United Nations High Refugee Agency will receive automatic residency rights.

LIBERIAN PRESIDENT'S SECURITY NABBED FOR DRUG SMUGGLING

The security leader for the Liberian President has been arrested for drug smuggling.

Perry Dolo, the Head of the Presidential Police Escort Detail, was arrested for attempting to smuggle 300 kg of marijuana.

Dolo was using the official Escort 1 Jeep which usually carries President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

He used the official vehicle on his day off and was returning from Sierra Leone when the arrest was made.

Dolo, along with a Guinean national, a Sierra Leone military officer, and another Liberian, were arrested in a combined effort by the Liberian National Police, Drugs Enforcement Agency, and local community members.