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Flash floods kill seven in Ethiopian capital

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By TESFA-ALEM TEKLE

Several people have been killed and many others displaced after the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa was hit by torrential rains that triggered flash floods on Tuesday.

An official from a disaster response team on Wednesday told The EastAfrican that at least seven people have lost their lives and one person was still missing following the accident.

According to the source, several others were also injured and are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

The heavy rains also disrupted transportation as drainage systems overflowed and streets were filled with water. Properties were also damaged and many residents fled their homes as they filled up with water.

Images from the city showed some survivors climbing onto the rooftops of their marooned houses as water flooded their neighbourhoods.

Addis Ababa Fire and Emergency Prevention and Rescue Agency were still continuing to rescue residents Wednesday.

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Addis Ababa Mayor Adanech Abiebie visited the affected areas and said residents will receive emergency assistance.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to our loved ones, families and friends who lost their lives in the floods,” she was quoted as saying.

“I urge our residents to take the necessary precautions in the area as heavy rains are expected in the coming days, and we will intensify our efforts to increase protection.”

Weather forecasts indicate the city is set to experience more heavy rainfall in the coming days and residents have been urged to take necessary precautions.

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