ADDIS ABABA – Twelve people have lost their lives in a landslide caused by heavy rain in southern Ethiopia, the region’s communication bureau says.
The bureau says the landslide occurred in Ale special Woreda of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regional State late Friday.
It swept away at least six houses with the residents inside. Twelve people, including a mother with her two-month baby, have lost their lives, the bureau says.
President of SNNP regional state, Ristu Yirdaw, expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to the relatives and friends of the victims.
There have been reports of deaths and property damages across Ethiopia since April, 2020 due to flooding.
Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission warned this week more could follow in the coming rainy season, which starts in June.
This could lead to the displacement of a projected over 19,000 persons, according to the Commission
Most of the west, south, northwest and south parts of Ethiopia will receive normal and above normal rainfall. As a result, unprecedented flooding could occur, said Damene Darota. head of the commission.