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20 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

Sora Halake

Dawit Gelmo

NAIROBI, KENYA — Two months ago, Kote Adi fled Moyale, Ethiopia, after government soldiers there opened fire on civilians, killing at least nine. Kote and his pregnant wife found shelter in a tent in northeastern Kenya’s Dambala Fachana refugee camp, but weeks of heavy rain have displaced them again.

“Our plastic shelters were flooded with water,” said Kote Adi, who is settling into a new tent site on higher ground.

23 Jun 2016 description
report Voice of America

The Pacific Ocean is in the midst of an El Niño weather phenomenon that warms the surface of the water, but climate scientists say not for much longer. It is about to be replaced by its sister, La Niña, which comes around every two to five years and cools the surface of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) research scientist Dr. Chris Funk says that, as strange as it sounds, both weather systems can affect long-term weather patterns in a landlocked country half a world away.

31 Oct 2014 description
report Voice of America

GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA — The Ethiopian government wants to relocate at least 60,000 refugees, mostly from flooded camps in the country’s southwestern Gambella region, to safer accommodations farther south near the town of Dima.

As the country braces for another influx from South Sudan once the rainy season ends – and that could be any day – the move is getting urgent. But the refugees refuse to go out of fears of ethnic violence.

29 Oct 2014 description
report Voice of America

Marthe van der Wolf
October 29, 2014 9:40 AM

GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA — The Ethiopian government wants to relocate at least 60,000 refugees, mostly from flooded camps in the country’s southwestern Gambella region, to safer accommodations farther south near the town of Dima.

As the country braces for another influx from South Sudan once the rainy season ends – and that could be any day – the move is getting urgent. But the refugees refuse to go out of fears of ethnic violence.

28 Oct 2014 description
report Voice of America

Marthe van der Wolf
October 27, 2014 9:34 AM

GAMBELLA—Available resources for South Sudan refugees in Ethiopia are under pressure as the warring parties continue to be deadlocked in flailing peace talks. More refugees are expected in the coming months as the conflict in the world’s youngest country turns almost a year old.

Since the conflict in South Sudan erupted in December, some 245,000 South Sudanese have fled to Gambella, a southwestern province of Ethiopia.

03 Oct 2007 description
report Voice of America

By Howard Lesser

Some of the most widespread flooding in years has swept across Sub-Saharan Africa, from Ghana, Niger, Mali, and Togo in the west to Ethiopia, Uganda, and Sudan in the east. In the last 24 hours, the International Red Cross (IFRC) has added Burkina Faso to its emergency rolls after 33 deaths were reported and more than 75-hundred homes destroyed in torrential rains. In addition, the UN World Food Program (WFP) is appealing for three-point eight million dollars to feed 470-thousand victims in Mauritania, where saturated supplies are putting thousands at risk.

26 Sep 2007 description
report Voice of America

By Joe De Capua

Over one million people in East Africa are now believed affected by floods. Hundreds of thousands of others in West Africa have also lost their homes or been displaced by floods. As a result, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is now warning of potential food security crises in the regions.

John English is the federation's disaster management coordinator for East Africa. From Nairobi, he spoke to VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua about the risk to food security.

14 Sep 2006 description
report Voice of America

Officials in eastern Ethiopia say eight people have been killed by a violent rainstorm in a town that is still recovering from last month's devastating floods.

A police official Thursday said seven people in Dire Dawa were killed Wednesday when their house collapsed as a result of high winds and heavy rain.

21 Aug 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=8/21/96
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-201974
TITLE=ETHIOPIA FLOODS (L)
BYLINE=SCOTT STEARNS
DATELINE=NAIROBI
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: ETHIOPIA SAYS MORE THAN 150-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE
THREATENED BY FLOODING IN THE CENTRAL OROMO DISTRICT. V-O-A EAST
AFRICA CORRESPONDENT SCOTT STEARNS REPORTS HEAVY RAINS HAVE
ALREADY DESTROYED CROPS.

TEXT: ETHIOPIA'S GOVERNMENT HAS ESTABLISHED TEMPORARY SHELTERS
TO CARE FOR PEOPLE DRIVEN FROM THEIR HOMES BY THE RISING AWASH