Floods and landslides kill over 100 in Ethiopia

At least 20,000 homeless as meteorologists blame this year's particularly powerful El Nino for country's high rainfall.


    About 100 people have been killed by floods and landslides across Ethiopia that started last month, government officials say.

    At least 20,000 families have been made homeless, according to the UN, while local officials say there are a number of people still missing.

    Meteorologists have blamed this year's particularly powerful El Nino weather phenomenon for the country's high rainfall.

    Aid organisations anticipate continued flooding could displace tens of thousands more.

    "People can be affected in different ways. They can have damaged crops, they can lose their livestock, and in the more extreme cases, lose their entire households and go really quite destitute," Paul Handley, of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ethiopia, said.

    The floods have also hampered distribution of vital aid to drought-affected areas.

    The situation is exacerbated because more than 10 million people have been forced to rely on aid after the country suffered its worst drought in decades that lasted at least a year.

    Handley said the six affected regions had already been in a dangerous situation relating to food security.

    "This is where the 10.2 million people that we've been assisting already are," he said.

    "But now they are also suffering from the flooding. It's really adding to the already-dire situation."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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