Landslide kills 22 in southern Ethiopia

Rescue staff on Tuesday used excavators to dig out our bodies after a landslide in southern Ethiopia washed away properties and killed greater than 20 folks, an area official mentioned. 

The landslide within the distant district of Konta occurred Sunday following 10 hours of heavy rains, mentioned the official, Takele Tesfu.

“There are 22 folks lifeless and we now have solely been in a position to dig up 17 utilizing manpower and machine energy,” Takele informed AFP.

“To this point, we can’t get the others, so tomorrow we’ll proceed to dig.”

He mentioned the victims included 9 ladies and 6 kids.

Whereas the district — situated in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Area — sees landslides with some regularity, Takele mentioned this was the deadliest he may keep in mind.

“The world the place this occurred may be very mountainous, and this implies the landslide was very harmful,” he mentioned.

Ethiopia is nearing the top of its wet season, however safety forces are nonetheless relocating some households for concern that extra rain within the coming days may result in comparable disasters, Takele mentioned.

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