Flood near Arba Minch City Leaves Thousands Displaced

ADDIS ABEBA – Severe floods near the Southern City of Ethiopia, Arba Minich, have forced thousands of people from their homes, reported Gamo Goffa Zone Office.

The Administration zone said intense rains on Monday night have led to significant floods caused by increasing water levels in Sile and Sego Rivers.

More than 13,800 residents of three kebeles have been displaced, said the spokesperson office of the administration.

In addition, the floods destroyed farm in 32ha of land, reported state-run Ethiopian news agency.

Officials of Gamo Goffa zone said they are now engaged to offer humanitarian aid to the people affected by the flood.

The latest displacement occurred a week after the launch of the country’s 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan Document that seeks 1 billion US dollars to assist 7 million people.

Apart from conflict displacement, disease outbreaks as well as rain shortfalls, the plan reveals said floods will remain key drivers of humanitarian need in 2020.

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