Many traders who are usually busy during Ramadan have been affected

The breakaway state of Somaliland has appealed for $2bn (£1.5bn) in international aid following the fire that gutted the biggest market in the capital, Hargeisa.

The money was needed to support families of about 5,000 businesses that were destroyed in Friday evening’s blaze.

Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi said the fire had caused losses estimated at around $2bn, or around 60% of Somaliland’s gross domestic product.

The cause of the fire is unclear.