Floods, landslide kill 50 people in Ethiopia

May 11, 2016 4:52AM

At least 50 people are killed in flooding and landslide in Ethiopia. (file photo)

At least 50 people are killed in flooding and landslide in Ethiopia. (file photo)

At least 50 people have been killed in flooding and landslide caused by heavy rains in Ethiopia, local officials say.

Some 41 people died in Wolayita Zone in southern Ethiopia on Monday because of the landslide, local media quoted Alemayehu Mamo, a regional police official, as saying.

Reports said that nine others were also killed in the Bale region in southeastern Ethiopia following the flooding. Over 1,000 cattle also reportedly drowned in the area.

Tens of thousands of people have been affected by heavy the rains in several parts of the country. A number of roads have been washed away and bridges destroyed.

The African country is struggling with its worst drought in decades, but unseasonable heavy rains have caused damage in several areas across the country.

The drought in Ethiopia and other African states has been worsened by the most severe and longest El Nino weather condition in 35 years, as it caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October and December last year since 1981.

An elderly herder woman walking in drought-hit Sitti Zone, in the Somali Region of Ethiopia on April 16, 2016. ©AFP

El Nino has brought very high temperatures and dryness in the southern African countries of Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.

The event has influenced weather patterns across the world, causing warmer than normal temperatures in some parts of the world and bringing huge rainfall in some others.

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One Response to Floods, landslide kill 50 people in Ethiopia

  1. የኒታ አለማየሁ

    May 14, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    በኢትዮጵያ የመከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላትና ሌሎች የነፍስ አድን ሰራተኞችም ነዋርዎችን ለከፋ አደጋ ለመታደግ ርብርብን እያደረጉ የሚገኝ ሲሆን የወንዙ ሙላት በቀጣዮቹ ቀናቶችም እየጨመረ እንደሚሄድ ተሰግቷል።

    የተባበሩት መንግስታትና ሌሎች የእርዳታ ድርጅቶች በጎርፍ አደጋ እየተፈናቀሉ ያሉ ሰዎችን በሃገሪቱ ተከስቶ ባለው የድርቅ አደጋ ላይ ተጨማሪ ተፅዕኖን እየፈጠረ እንደሚገኝ መግለጻቸው ይታወሳል። በተለያዩ ክልሎች እየጣለ ያለው ከባድ ዝናብ ለአዋሽ ወንዝ መሙላት ምክንያት ሆኖ 800ሺ ነዋሪዎች ከቀያቸው ተፈናቀሉ።

    በክልሉ አሚባራ ወረዳ የደረሰው ይኸው የጎርፍ አደጋ በተለያዩ መሰረተ ልማቶች ላይም ከባድ ጉዳት ማድረሱን በቅርቡ በተለያዩ አካባቢዎች በደረሰ የጎርፍ አደጋ በትንሹ 1000 ሰዎች መሞታቸው የተገለጸ ሲሆን፣ በቀጣዩ ወራቶችም በመቶ ሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ሰዎች ከቀያቸው ይፈናቀላሉ የሚል ስጋት አይሏል።

    ከ10 ሚሊዮን ለሚበልጡ ሰዎች የሚፈለገው የአስቸኳይ የምግብ እርዳታ በበቂ ሁኔታ ባልተገነቡበት ወቅት ተጨማሪ ሰዎች ለእርዳታ በመጋለጥ ላይ መሆናቸው የሰብዓዊ እርዳታ ስራውን ውስብስብ አድርጎት እንደሚገኝም ለመረዳት ተችሏል።

    ለተረጂዎች የሚፈለገው አለም አቀፍ ድጋፍ ባለመገኘቱ ምክንያት ወደ ረሃብ ለመሸጋገር አንድ ደረጃ ብቻ ይቀራቸዋል የተባሉ ወረዳዎች ቁጥር 219 መድረሱንም የተባበሩት መንግስታት መረጃ ያመለክታል። የኒታ አለማየሁ

    የጎርፍ አደጋ ቀጣይ ከሆነም በሰብል የእርሻ ስራ ላይ ያልተጠበቀ ጉዳት ሊደርስ እንደሚችልና የተረጂዎች ቁጥር ወደ 15 ሚሊዮን ይደርሳል ተብሎም ተሰግቷል።