According to government officials in Ethiopia, over 100 people have been killed and at least 20,000 have been rendered homeless after floods and landslides swept through parts of the capital Addis Ababa.
Meteorologists blame the severe weather which started last month particularly on the powerful El Nino for the country’s high rainfall which has caused wanton destruction and loss of lives due to floods.
Continued flooding is anticipated by aid organisations which could displace tens of thousands more as local officials say there are a number of people still missing.
“People can be affected in different ways. They can have damaged crops, they can lose their livestock, and in the more extreme cases, lose their entire households and go quite really destitute,” Paul Handley, of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ethiopia, said.
The floods occasioned by severe weather has also impeded the distribution of vital aid to drought-affected areas.
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