Severe storms kill 16 people, affect 70,000 in Ethiopia

Severe storms that have hit Ethiopia since late April 2021 have killed at least 16 people and affected 70,000 in the Afar and Somali regions.

About 27,400 people were displaced in the Afar region due to flooding and high winds in the woredas of Gulina, Ewa, Beyalo, Dulecha, Haruka and Mile.

In the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNP), about 250 hectares of land were flooded and hail damaged crops in the Wolayta area.

7 people were killed and about 11,200 families were displaced after heavy rains in the Shabelle, Jararar, Dolo, Afder, Fafan and Korah region of Somalia.

Nine people were killed when a 50-meter-high hill in the town of Dire Dawa collapsed onto three homes during heavy rains on May 2.

In neighboring Somalia, heavy rains over the past 7 days have caused flash floods that have affected some 25,000 people and killed at least 25. That included nine children killed by flooding in Banadir on Friday, May 7, 2021, and another six in Mogadishu on Saturday, May 8.

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