*Localized flooding expected

  • Victims of recent landslides surpasses over 50

By Our Staff Writer

ADDIS ABEBA – The National Meteorology Agency (NMA) forecasted the likelihood of normal to above normal rainfalls for the summer Kiremt rainy season

The Kiremt/Deyr, Ethiopia’s longest rainy season that runs June to September, would cover most of northern, central, western, north eastern, and the southern highlands of the country.

The latest forecast, however, shows the south and south eastern lowlands, which are climatologically dry, are also expected to receive occasional rainfall in early June and September.

Overall, the season is projected to start and to cease on time, except in the north western regions “where it is expected to start slightly late”, UN’s humanitarian agency, UN OCHA, said in its regular bulletin on Tuesday.

Localized heavy rains in the highlands are “likely to cause flooding along river banks in lowland areas during the kiremt season”, it added.

The National Disaster Risk Management Commission has already issued a revised flood alert on 31 May, based on the summer rains forecast.

Meanwhile, the number of people who lost their lives in the recent deadly land slide that occurred in Southern Ethiopia in two consecutive days reached over fifty, according to UN OCHA.

Landslides caused by heavy rains on 26 May killed 22 people in Tullu Gola kebele ofNansebuworeda in West Arsi zone, Oromia region.

Seven more people also injured and werehospitalized.

A similar landslides incident on the following day killed at least 23 people in Sidamazone and nine people in GamoGofa zone of the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples(SNNP) region.

At least 23 people were injured.

Heavy spring rains have also been causing flash floods in the southernand eastern parts of the country, particularly since April.(The Daily Monitor )