Ethiopia : Landslide Kills 22

At least 22 people were killed in a landslide in Ethiopia after heavy rains pounded the Southern region of the country early this week. The disaster in Konta district, Dawro Zone, saw waves of mud destroy five homes, killing residents and animals, a local official told the BBC. “Thirteen of the victims are women,’’ said Fasika Mulugeta, a communication officer. Local media reports that a policeman and his family are among those killed. An operation to retrieve the bodies is under way with rescuers using an excavator to dig through the mud. Seventeen bodies have been recovered so far, according to Mr Mulugeta. He has asked the federal and state governments to intervene. Local officials fear more incidents will happen if the rains continue.

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