Wabe Shebele bursts banks killing 15 and displacing 2,000
October 28, 2006
The Wabe Shebele river broke its banks killing 15 people and displacing more than 2,000. Following heavy rains in the highland, the river flooded the towns of Kibredehar and Musthale and residents were forced to move to higher ground.
A UN humanitarian agency said last month devastating flash floods in August had forced more than 135,000 Ethiopians to abandon their homes.
Flooding typically occurs in Ethiopia’s lowlands after heavy rains in the June-September season drench the highlands. This year’s flooding was especially damaging because it followed a severe drought.