At least 23 people have died in a landslide in southern Ethiopia.
The landslide occurred in Konta district, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR), late on 13 October, 2019, after a period of heavy rain.
According to the African Press Agency, the victims were members of five families who were asleep in their homes in Amia 03 locality, popularly known as Duka Zlie area, when the landslide struck.
Search and rescue operations have been underway since Monday to find any survivors and retrieve bodies from the five homes buried under the landslide.
Seven people died in a landslide in Dawuro Zone of SNNPR in September this year.
Heavy rain in southern parts of Ethiopia and northern Kenya last week caused flooding in Kenya’s Mandera and Marsabit counties.
Around 1,000 people from 200 households were displaced after homes were damaged or destroyed in areas around Moyale in the far north of Marsabit County, Kenya. Local media later reported that 1 person died and 1 was severely injured in the flooding.
#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
#Ethiopia: At least six people died in #Konta special district of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (#SNNP) regional state yesterday due to landslides following heavy rains. pic.twitter.com/g1FfMkkz0x
— FANA BROADCASTING C (@fanatelevision) October 14, 2019