#Ethiopia #landslide kills 22 amid fears of more destruction

Rescuers at the site of the landslideRescuers at the site of the landslide15.10.19 Landslide in Ethiopia

At least 22 people were killed in a landslide in Ethiopia after heavy rains pounded the southern region on Sunday.

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 are reporting 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.

Last month, seven people were killed in the area after heavy rain triggered a landslide, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. Five of them were family members.

Courtesy of BBC News

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