Seven Feared Dead in Ethiopia Flash Floods

Fire fighters inspect damages caused by heavy rain which led to flood resident homes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on August 18, 2021. (Photo by Amanuel Sileshi / AFP)

Flash flooding kills at least seven people in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after torrential rains, officials say.

Pictures from the city on Wednesday revealed firefighters wading through brown water to inspect flooded houses and in one instance walking through sludge with a stretcher to remove a body.

Houses and cars were sunk by the waters after the downpour which pelted several neighborhoods of Addis Ababa on Tuesday, causing chaos.

The Addis Ababa Fire and Emergency Prevention and Rescue Commission said seven people had died and that others were receiving treatment in hospital, according to state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate.

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Mayor of Addis Ababa, Mayor Adanech Abiebie said on Twitter after visiting affected areas that there had been “heavy” damage caused by the flooding, without elaborating.

“I urge our residents to take the necessary precautions in the area as heavy rains are expected in the coming days, and we will intensify our efforts to increase protection,” Adanech added.

Adanech visited families who lost their loved ones and their properties destroyed in various parts of the city on Wednesday

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to our loved ones, families, and friends who lost their lives in the floods,” she said

She assured citizens of adequate support to those affected by the floods.

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