ADDIS ABABA – Three localities in Asayta Woreda of the Afar Regional State have been hit by a severe flooding as the River Awash overflowed its banks due to heavy rains.
At least 100 households fled their homes after the flooding ravaged their residential areas. said Aydahis Yasin, head of the region’s Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Bureau.
Over 50ha of agricultural land has also been heavily affected and crops damaged by the flooding, he added.
The bureau projected 90,000 more people in 40 localities could potentially be affected by possible floodings in some parts of the region, reported Fana Broadcasting (FBC).
The bureau along with concerned stakeholders have taken preventive measures and created awareness among the communities, the report added.
Meanwhile, three people from one family were killed in a flash flood in Moret and Jiru Woreda of North Shoa Zone of Amhara State.
A powerful rain led to a rapid rise in the water of Gudber River and caused flash floods in the woreda on Friday afternoon, Tesfaye Gizachew, spokesperson of the Zone police, told the FBC.
The three, who were heading to their home, were swept into the river in an area called Yizeye, said Tesfaye, adding that a search and rescue team later found their bodies.
Police urged the public to take precaution as the level of rain continues to increase in Ethiopia’s ongoing rainy season.