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2006-08-18 05:48:10

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Helicopters airdropped inflatable tubes on Friday to stranded Ethiopians wading in flood waters that have killed nearly 900 people and displaced almost 50,000 across the Horn of Africa nation. Bad weather and poor access to remote, rural zones have hampered operations by already overstretched emergency services. Since early August, heavy rains have burst rivers and sent devastating flash floods all around Ethiopia. The United Nations estimated as many as...

2006-08-17 10:07:58

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Rescuers in helicopters tossed ropes and emergency aid to stranded Ethiopians on Thursday after many scrambled onto rooftops and trees to escape floods that have killed 900 and marooned tens of thousands. Rushing waters have devastated large areas throughout the Horn of Africa nation since early this month as emergency services struggle to cope with overwhelming numbers of evacuees. After two rivers burst their banks killing 870 people,...

2006-08-17 08:44:14

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Rescuers in helicopters tossed ropes to stranded Ethiopians on Thursday after many scrambled onto rooftops and trees to escape floods that have killed nearly 900 and marooned tens of thousands. Rushing waters have devastated large areas throughout the Horn of Africa nation since early this month as emergency services struggle to cope with overwhelming numbers of evacuees. After two rivers burst their banks killing 870 people, Ethiopia has...

2006-08-16 22:26:21

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia appealed for international help on Wednesday after the death toll from a devastating series of floods this month rose to some 870. "The situation is beyond the capacity of our region, and we appeal to the international community to come to our assistance," said Southern Regional Administrator Shesaraw Shegute after flying over the devastated area in a helicopter. The government warned of more floods in all areas. "The country's...

2006-08-11 08:20:20

By C. Bryson Hull NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's political standoff may erupt into a region-wide conflict involving al Qaeda unless its fragile government can bring Islamists into its ranks, a think-tank said on Friday. Foreign states, particularly Ethiopia and Eritrea, must stop supporting the rival factions or risk inflaming the situation, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report. "Unless the crisis is contained, it threatens to draw in a widening array of state...

2006-08-11 04:19:32

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Friday its army had killed 13 rebels and caught other commanders of an eastern separatist movement after they crossed from Somalia. Separately, Kenya announced the capture of 45 members of a another Ethiopian rebel group operating in the south, while an Ethiopian general who defected to Eritrea was quoted as saying he plans to take up arms against Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The captured members of the eastern Ogaden...

2006-08-08 13:58:37

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian rescue workers dug for a third day through the devastation caused by a weekend flash flood that killed 210 people, searching for as many as 300 others still missing. Teams of police officers and soldiers using bulldozers and shovels have been clearing piles of mud and sand dumped in the eastern town of Dire Dawa after the Dechatu river burst its banks on Saturday night. "The death toll from the flood that hit Dire Dawa on...

2006-08-08 09:25:00

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian rescue workers dug for a third day through the devastation caused by a weekend flash flood that killed 200 people, searching for as many as 300 others still missing. Teams of police officers and soldiers using bulldozers and shovels have been clearing piles of mud and sand dumped in the eastern town of Dire Dawa after the Dechatu river burst its banks on Saturday night. "The death toll from the flood that hit Dire Dawa on Saturday has now reached 200 as two...

2006-08-08 06:21:42

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian officials said on Tuesday they expected to see a rise in the death toll of 197 people from floods in an eastern town at the weekend as they continue operations to recover bodies and clear debris. Some 300 people are still missing after the Dechatu river burst its banks on Saturday night and devastated Dire Dawa town, located 525 km (326 miles) east of the capital Addis Ababa. Teams of police officers and soldiers using bulldozers and shovels have...

2006-08-08 03:56:06

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian rescue workers dug for a third day through the devastation left by a weekend flash flood that killed at least 197 people, searching for as many as 300 others still missing. Teams of police officers and soldiers using bulldozers and shovels have been clearing piles of mud and sand after the Dechatu river burst its banks on Saturday night and devastated Dire Dawa town. "The death toll from the flood that hit Dire Dawa on Saturday stands at 197, but...


Latest Ethiopia Reference Libraries

African Wild Ass, Equus africanus
2014-04-30 11:15:27

The African wild ass (Equus africanus) is a species within the Equidae family that is thought to be that ancestor of the domestic donkey. This species resides in arid habitats in a range that includes the Horn of Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. This species hold four subspecies, including the Somali wild ass and the Nubian wild ass. The African wild ass reaches an average body length of 6.6 feet, a height between 12.1 and 14.1 hands at the shoulders, and a weight between 510 and...

Nile Lechwe, Kobus megaceros
2012-09-10 17:01:29

The Nile lechwe (Kobus megaceros), a species of antelope, is also known as Mrs Gray's lechwe, the waterbuck, or the wasserbock. It can be found in Ethiopia and Sudan, where it prefers a habitat within grasslands, steppes, wetlands, coastal areas, or swamplands with water reaching a depth between 3.9 and 16 inches. Leopold Fitzinger first described this antelope in 1855. The Nile lechwe varies in size depending on sex, with males typically reaching a weight of up to 260 pounds and females...

Walia Ibex, Capra walie
2012-08-29 12:21:36

The walia ibex (Capra walie), sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the Alpine ibex, and can be found in a highly restricted range in the Semien Mountains in Ethiopia. It prefers a habitat within rocky areas, subalpine grasslands, scrubs, and mountain forests at an elevation between 8,200 and 14,800 feet. This ibex is also known as the Abyssinian ibex. The walia ibex is typical dark brown to red brown in color, with a grey brown muzzle and lighter grey legs. The underbelly and insides...

Dromedary Camel, Camelus dromedarius
2012-08-24 14:19:35

The dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius), also known as the Arabian camel, is a completely domesticated species that appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Domesticated”. It is thought that when wild, its native range was mainly in the Arabian Peninsula. It can now be found in South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The only dromedary camels that display wild behaviors are the population of feral camels in Australia, which were introduced in 1840. It prefers a...

Dibatag, Ammodorcas clarkei
2012-08-05 21:14:48

The dibatag (Ammodorcas clarkei), also known as Clarke's gazelle, is native to Somalia and Ethiopia. Its range is significantly smaller than it once was, and in many areas, populations are fragmented. In the region of Ogaden, where it was once abundant, the northern populations have dwindled due to human civilizations taking over. In southern Ogaden, it is still present in acceptable numbers, most likely due to the natural vegetation and habitat required to sustain it. It prefers a habitat...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'