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  • U.N: 600,000 people displaced in Ethiopia because of flooding

    Compiled by Elias Meseret

    (DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) - The United Nations says more than 600,000 people have been displaced in Ethiopia since March, largely because of flooding. It said the country was struggling with its worst drought in decades in 2015, but it ended when spring rains arrived in March.

    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said nearly 300,000 people were forced to flee their homes between March and June due to flooding. The report further said that others were stranded due to the inter-communal conflict in Ethiopia's southern Oromia and Somali regions. Many of the people displaced by flooding have since returned home, the UN said, noting that more than 10,000 families are still stranded and in need of basic household items and emergency shelter.

    The UN office also noted that heavy rainfall has delayed the delivery of emergency food aid to 85,000 flood-affected people in Somali region. The UN highlighted that further rain and flooding are predicted due to 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 Somali regions by December.

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  • One of the Healthiest Diets in the World is on the Menu in the First Ethiopian Restaurant of Brighton

    ETHIOPIAN cuisine might be not be very well known in Brighton - but a new restaurant hopes to change that with its nutritious and tasty food. Abyssinia, which is due to open this weekend, will be the first Ethiopian restaurant in Brighton and aims to show the city a diet often hailed as one the healthiest in the world.

    Based around injera, a spongy pancake-style carbohydrate staple, it is made from non-gluten grain teff, which is rich in iron, fibre, calcium, potassium and protein. Served with virtually everything and used like a utensil to scoop up lentils, vegetables and meat, Abyssinia owners Yonas Kebede and Daisy Brook hope to attract adventurous Brightonians looking to try something new.

    Based on Baker Street near London road, Abyssinia will also look to bring in students from the new block on the former Co-op store, as well as members of the city’s sizeable Ethiopian community. Daisy said: “The healthiness of the food is a real selling point, with lots of fresh meat and vegetables. “We want to make it affordable so that people can come back again and again and offer a much better alternative to KFC or McDonalds.”

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  • Ethiopian Women Dies in Kuwait

    According to the Kuwait Times report, an Ethiopian who was on the beach lost her life when waters swept her away while swimming. A security source received a call about a woman drowning in Kheiran waters, so police patrols and paramedics rushed to the area. The woman’s body was recovered by the paramedics.

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  • Ethiopia Joins Africa Rice, a Continental Association that Promotes Local Rice Production

    Adungna pledged, on behalf of his government, Ethiopia’s commitment to increasing rice production in Africa.

    As resolved by the African Council of Ministers of Agriculture in Kampala on Tuesday, Ethiopia is now a member of Africa Rice, the continental association that promotes the crop’s local production. The Ethiopian government had forwarded an official application to Africa Rice that was reviewed by the Council under the chairmanship of Vincent Ssempijja, the Ugandan Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries during the Council’s 30th Ordinary Session.

    Accepting the approval on behalf of Ethiopia as the 26th member state was Adungna Wakjira, Deputy Director General of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) who was representing the country’s state minister of agriculture and natural resources. Adungna pledged, on behalf of his government, Ethiopia’s commitment to increasing rice production in Africa. “We are thankful for the membership and henceforth we will step up technologies and research for rice. We will also focus on increasing the acreage under rice cultivation in Ethiopia,” he said.

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  • Building Collapse in Mecca Killed an Ethiopian and Injured 18 Egyptians

    Eighteen Egyptian construction workers were injured in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday when the foundations of a building under construction collapsed, according to a Foreign Ministry statement on Friday. The incident took place in the Azizia neighborhood of Mecca, injuring 18 Egyptians and killing one Ethiopian worker, according to a report in the Al-Riyadh newspaper.

    The same report quoted Mecca Civil Defense official Major Nayef al-Sharif as saying that rescue units were deployed to free the workers, who were trapped under a large metal structure. Sharif also said that a technical committee would be formed to investigate the cause of the accident, under Civil Defense supervision.

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