Landslide claims 10 lives in Ethiopia as number of flood-affected people rises to 470 000

Landslide claims 10 lives in Ethiopia as number of flood-affected people rises to 470 000

At least 10 people lost their lives after a landslide caused by heavy rainfall hit the Gamo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) in southern Ethiopia on May 28, 2020. Since the beginning of the rainy season, floods and landslides have affected more than 470 000 people across the country.

A two-story house was buried under the mud on May 28, causing at least 10 fatalities, authorities confirmed, adding that several other homes in the area were damaged.

The search and rescue operations are being hampered by heavy rains, with fears that the death toll may increase.

Floods and landslides are affecting wide swaths of the country since late April.

On May 25, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that seasonal flooding has so far affected 470 163 people, of whom around 301 284 people are displaced in Somali, Oromia, Afar, SNP, Harari, and Dire Dawa.

The situation is particularly bad in the Somali region, where most of the displaced are located. 

Featured image credit: ECHO Central East Southern Africa


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