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The UN reports that over 120,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Ethiopia this month.
In a report of 20 October, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) said that during the month of October, “several flood incidences were reported in Afar, Oromia, SNNP and Somali regions displacing thousands and causing loss of property and livelihoods. Reportedly, some 202,202 people have been displaced across the country, the majority (127,524 people) in Somali region. ”
Heavy rainfall from early October caused rives to overflow in Somali region, including the Genale and Wabi Shabelle rivers and related tributaries.
Over 17,000 households were displaced in Shabelle zone of the Somali region. Latrines, schools buildings and health facilities have been damaged or destroyed. Meanwhile in Dollo Ado woreda (district), over 3,500 families have been displaced. Roads have been blocked and livestock and crops have been damaged or destroyed.
In Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNP) Region over 5,600 people were displaced by flooding in the woreda of Shashogo in Hadya zone from late September.
A landslide killed 22 people in Konta special woreda (Amaya town) on 13 October, as reported here. UN-OCHA said that floods and landslides were also reported in Melokoza woreda of Gofa zone and Zabageze woreda of Dawuro zone.
In Afar Region the Awash river broke its banks earlier this month, damaging or destroying 4,250 homes and affecting over 7,000 families. According to the UN, urgent shelter is reuired for thousands displaced.
Wide areas of crops , along with livestock and about 190 houses were damaged after floods in Bale zone, Oromia region, leaving 33,000 families in need of humanitarian assistance.
Schools, health facilities, farmland and cattle were all damaged after flooding in areas of Gambella region. UN-OCHA said that a total of 14,452 people were affected of which 11,128 individuals displaced.”
The added that “Access is becoming a challenge that will hinder the response. On 18 Oct ober 2019, the Shaygosh bridge between Gode and Jijiga collapsed. U nti l the area gets dry it will be very difficult to pass that section of the road. Hence, Gode and Kabridahar have been disconnected from Jijiga. Communit ies are also stranded by flood in Mustahil town, Mirdh is, Sedehbar, Fufug and Kobane in Mustahil and Afdub, Niiri , Kabhanle, Washaqo, and Shuubo in Kelafo woreda . Boat or helicopter are currently the only options to access those areas.”
Courtesy of floodlist.com
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at a landslide site in Chiba City. Photo: Ministry of Defense Japan
Torrential rain has triggered more flooding and mudslides in eastern parts of Japan, just 2 weeks after devastating floods caused by Typhoon Hagibis.
Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported that at least 10 people have died in flooding and mudslides in Fukushima and Chiba Prefectures, with a further 4 still missing.
Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said that 85.5mm of rain fell in just 1 hour at Kamogawa in Chiba Prefecture on 25 October. In a 12 hour period on the same day, Ushiku in Chiba recorded 283.5mm of rain and Namie in Fukushima Prefecture recorded 245mm.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) said fatalities occurred in Chiba City, Mobara, Ichihara, Nagara and Chonan, all in China Prefecture. Media reported that one person died and one is missing after floods swept a vehicle off the road in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force reported they were searching for people believed to be missing after a mudslide and floods in Marumori in Miyagi Prefecture.
Around 90 buildings have been damaged in Chiba, Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures. Three buildings were completely destroyed in Chiba City.
In a statement of 25 October, 2019, Prime Minister Abe said: “The effects of a low-pressure system and Typhoon No. 21 have caused torrential rain, centered on the Kanto region, and damage has already resulted from rivers overflowing and landslides occurring. In addition, heavy rains are forecast for the Tohoku region into tomorrow morning. Two weeks will have passed since the torrential rain disaster caused by Typhoon No. 19. It has continued to rain intermittently since then, so it is important to stay alert to the situation.
Courtesy of floodlist.com