ETHIOPIA ISSUES FLASH FLOODS WARNING

ADDIS ABABA--Ethiopia's National Disaster Risk Management Commission has issued a warning of potential flash floods in some parts of the country because of torrential rains expected in the coming days.

Its Deputy Commissioner, Damene Darota, said here Thursday said that some parts of Amhara, Oromiya, SNNP and Tigray Regional States (Provinces) as well as most parts of Gambella Regional State are vulnerable to flash floods.

Areas close to the Awash, Baro-Akobo and Nile river basins and tributaries are also exposed to flood risks, he added.

He said the commission is working with concerned bodies and regional governments to manage the risk, outlining the priorities which should be carried out to prevent harm and damage.

These include monitoring of rivers and tributaries, creating awareness among communities, as well as mending and strengthening dams built to prevent floods, maintaining flood canals, and building flood protection barriers.

Noting the possibility for outbreaks of diseases during such times, he stressed the need for the concerned bodies to take precautionary measures in order to protect vulnerable communities from water-borne diseases.

According to Damene, the heavy rainfall observed in different parts of the country between May and July affected 111 districts, while 12 districts experienced landslides.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK