Ethiopia – Deadly Landslide After Heavy Rains in South East

According to media reports at least 7 people have died in a landslide in southern Ethiopia.

The disaster occurred after heavy rain during the afternoon of 07 September, 2019, which triggered a landslide in the Dawuro Zone of Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR).

Media reported that “five of the victims were from one family, with rescuers still digging up in the area to find any more survivors.”

Ethiopia saw heavy rain during August this year resulting in floods in the Amhara region.

According to the European Union’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO), “due to above normal rains during the first weeks of August, flooding in South Gondar Zone in the Amhara region of Ethiopia has left 2 people dead and many households inundated. The flooding occurred in Fogera and Libo Kemekem woredas on 11-12 of August, and is attributable to the overflow of the rivers that are tributaries of the Lake Tana and Blue Nile.”

Flooding reportedly affected 25,000 and 6,653 houses were flooded, 18 schools damaged and 3,428 hectares of crop-areas inundated.