Roughly 700 people are feared dead in Ethiopia after heavy rainfall has caused widespread flooding in the north, south and east of the country. Thousands of people are trapped in the remote Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's State in the south of the country after the Omo river burst its banks, flooding 14 villages. International news sources report that 194 bodies have been recovered so far, while helicopters and motorboats have been sent in to rescue survivors. In the northern Tigray province thousands of people are also reportedly battling floods along the Tegere river. Meanwhile there are 256 people confirmed dead and a further 250 missing after floods hit the eastern city of Dire Dawa. Thousands more people are displaced and are receiving aid from national and international agencies. Flooding is frequent in low-lying areas of Ethiopia during the June-September seasonal rains. More heavy rainfall is forecast over the coming weeks.
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