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29 May 2020 | 03:08 AM UTC

Ethiopia: Landslide kills ten in Gamo May 28 /update 1

Ethiopia News Alert

Landslide kills ten in Gamo (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's region) on May 28; further heavy rainfall likely over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Addis_Ababa). COUNTRY/REGION Gamo (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's region), Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples region

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A landslide killed at least ten people in Gamo (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region) on Thursday, May 28. Several homes were also destroyed in the landslide.

The Ethiopian National Meteorological Agency warned as of Monday, May 25, that heavy rainfall is likely to occur in parts of eastern, southern, southeastern, and southwestern Ethiopia through until at least June 30.

Further heavy rainfall is possible in the region over the coming weeks, which may cause additional flooding, consequent material damages, and disruptions to transportation and business in affected areas.


According to the National Meteorology Agency's mid-season seasonal rainfall weather forecast, the seasonal rainfall is expected to peak in May in most seasonal rainfall-dependent areas of the country, including eastern, southern, southeastern, and southwestern Ethiopia. 


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.


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