Weeks of flooding leave 100 people dead in Ethiopia, official says

Flooding caused by heavy rains has killed about 100 people in Ethiopia since mid-April, a government spokesman said Thursday.

The death toll had stood at about 50 on Tuesday. Spokesman Getachew Reda did not give a reason for its doubling.

Among the dead were 32 people killed by mudslides caused by rains in the south earlier this week.

Floods have also claimed lives in other parts of the country. In addition, they have killed more than 1,000 cattle and damaged hundreds of hectares of farmland, according to officials.

Reda said the government was relocating people from flood-prone areas.

The rains are believed to be related to the climatic phenomenon El Nino, which has also caused a drought in Ethiopia, leaving an estimated 10 million people in need of food aid.

Last update: Thu, 12/05/2016 - 19:27
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