By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
August 31, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) - Days
of heavy flooding in Ethiopia's Afar region have displaced over 25,000
people, also caused extensive damage to agricultural crops, according to
an official in the region.
The floods - caused by days of torrential
rains this week - struck 12 districts of the region. Over two thousand
hectares of agricultural land have also been affected, Afar regional bureau
of disaster prevention and food security head, Hassen Mohamed said.
According to the official, a rescue operation
to help those stranded is underway, aided by helicopters.