Ethiopia floods leaves 100,000 homeless

Other News Materials 21 November 2008 16:16 (UTC +04:00)

The death toll from floods in southeastern Ethiopia has risen to 17 and more than 100,000 people have been left homeless, the government said Friday.

The Wabe Shebelle river burst its banks last weekend after 10 days of heavy rain in the highlands, drowning thousands of livestock, wrecking crops and submerging scores of villages, reported Reuters.

Gouled Ahmed, head of the region's Disaster Prevention Department, said three of the 17 dead were eaten by crocodiles that were flushed into residential areas by the raging waters.

The remote region is prone to droughts and flooding. Scores of people died last year after weeks of heavy downpours.