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2006-08-20 12:03:54

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia has rescued thousands marooned by flash floods that have killed nearly 900 people this month, but tens of thousands remain homeless as more rivers spilled over across the nation. State TV said on Sunday that Ethiopia had relocated 16,000 residents stranded after heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks. But officials fear the death toll could still rise rapidly as bad weather and poor access hamper relief efforts. The floods...

2006-08-19 08:10:19

By Tsegaye Tadesse OMERATE, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Hundreds of Ethiopians marooned on small outcrops above flooded plains refused to abandon livestock despite rescuers' pleas on Saturday. Special forces, sliding down ropes from helicopters and airdropping aid, tried to rescue people trapped by flash floods that have killed nearly 900 people and displaced almost 50,000 across the Horn of Africa nation this month. Stranded on hillocks by the floodwaters, herders in the southwestern town...

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...

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2005-02-16 14:00:31

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new analysis of bones unearthed nearly 40 years ago in Ethiopia has pushed the fossil record of modern humans back to nearly 200,000 years ago - perhaps close to the dawn of the species. Researchers determined that the specimens are around 195,000 years old. Previously, the oldest known fossils of Homo sapiens were Ethiopian skulls dated to about 160,000 years ago. Genetic studies estimate that Homo sapiens arose about 200,000 years ago, so the new research brings the...


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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'