Over 560,000 people affected by floods in Ethiopia: UN

ADDIS ABABA, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rains and flooding have affected more than 560,000 people across Ethiopia, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said.

The OCHA, in its latest situation update issued Wednesday, said some 57,000 people have been displaced due to flooding caused by heavy rains in different parts of the East African country.

It said flooding incidents have sustained significant damage to residential houses, public infrastructure and croplands, further limiting the affected population's access to services, particularly in areas already affected by conflict, prolonged drought, an ongoing cholera outbreak and preexisting poor road infrastructure.

The Somali Region, where rivers overflowed, is the worst affected area, with at least 51,000 people displaced, according to the OCHA.

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