The United Nations have claimed that since Ethiopia’s devastating floods in March that ended the worst drought in decades, over 600,000 people have been displaced in the east African country.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Wednesday that nearly 300,000 people had to leave their homes because of flooding between March and June.

This is coupled with internal conflicts in Ethiopia’s southern Oromia region and the Somali-dominated Ogaden region.

 

The UN said further flooding is expected because of the La Nina weather phenomenon.

“If the La Nina event begins in late August, this may entail heavier than normal rainfall in the El Nino-affected highland areas, which may result in intensified flooding,” the world body said, adding the phenomenon’s impact could be felt in Oromia and Ogaden regions by December.

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