At least 23 people have died after a mudslide hit the Konta district of southern Ethiopia on October 12, 2019. Officials confirmed the numbers on October 14.
The landslide, which was a result of heavy rains, took the lives of victims from Amia 03 locality also known as the Duka Zlie area, according to Cultural and Tourism Communication Bureau head, Takele Tesfa.
#Ethiopia: The No. of people killed in y'day's landslide in #Konta special district of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Regional State (#SNNPRS) reached 18; search for missing 4 more people ongoing, EBC said. The landslide happened after heavy rains in the area. pic.twitter.com/50Z3Bmxt2J
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) October 14, 2019
#UPDATE: At least 23 people in southern Ethiopia are reported to have died after a landslide hit villages in Southern Ethiopia.The region has been experiencing heavy rains over the last few days. 5 homes swept away the landslide Konta district according to the state broadcaster pic.twitter.com/kQOYgZAMmq
— Mowliid Haji Abdi (@MowliidHaji) October 15, 2019
The victims were identified as members of five different households– all of them were asleep as the landslide occurred. Tesfa added that 13 of those who perished were women.
Authorities have been conducting rescue operations since Monday, October 14, to look for survivors and recover dead bodies, particularly in the five houses where the victims are feared buried.
18 bodies have been retrieved so far, Tesfa said. The mudslide also killed several domestic animals.
Reports said the region has been experiencing heavy rains over the past few days.
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