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05 Sep 2018 | 10:34 AM UTC

Ethiopia: Landslide kills at least 12 people in the southwest

Ethiopia News Alert

Landslide in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples region following heavy rains September 4; at least 12 people killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/12/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Addis_Ababa). COUNTRY/REGION Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples region

Event

Heavy rain caused deadly landslides in the Isara district of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples region on Tuesday, September 4 . At least 12 people were killed and another four injured in the incident.

Context

Ethiopia is affected by extreme climate; both the rainy season and periods of drought can have devastating consequences. During the rainy season, which usually spans from mid-June to mid-September, even a modest amount of rainfall can cause flash floods. In May, 32 people were killed by landslides in the area.

Advice

Individuals present in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, to avoid areas directly hit by landslides, and to adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities or their home governments. In the event of flooding, please be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded. Please be aware that the risk of contracting water- and mosquito-borne diseases tends to rise after periods of heavy rains; take measures to protect yourself from mosquito bites (use insect repellent, mosquito nets, etc.) and only consume purified water.

 

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