Monday, August 07, 2006

Ethiopian flood kills 206, hundreds missing

Heavy rains unleashed flash floods in eastern Ethiopia killing at least 206 people with hundreds still missing.

The town of Dire Dawa with a population of about 400,000 was swamped after waters rose over the banks of the Dechatu and Dire Dawa rivers.

An Ethiopian herder tries to cross a flooded area with his donkey after the Wabe Shebel river burst its banks in the town of Kelafo, located 900 kms south-east of Addis Abeba in May 2005. Rescuers have clawed through mud and debris with their hands, garden tools and heavy equipment in eastern Ethiopia, searching for hundreds of people missing after lethal flash floods.(AFP/Lea Lisa Westerhoff)
An Ethiopian herder crosses high water with his donkey after the Wabe Shebel river burst its banks in the town of Kelafo, in May 2005. AFP/Lea Lisa Westerhoff photo via Yahoo News.

Flooding in Addis Ketema, Genfele, Coca Cola and Aftessa districts has displaced at least 10,000 people.

The floods come after a severe drought in the east Africa region.

Tiger Woods takes Buick Open

Tiger Woods became the youngest player in history to win 50 PGA titles after capturing the Buick Open by three strokes.

Woods is closing in on both Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles, and Sam Snead's record of 82 overall titles.

He again showed his knack of finishing off opponents when he has a late lead. Tiger is 21-0 when leading a tournament by more than a stroke entering the final round, and he has won 28 events in a row when ahead entering the final 18 holes.

Tiger Woods holds the trophy after winning the Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Woods shot a 66 to finish 24 strokes under par for the tournanment.(AFP/Getty Images/Jonathan Ferrey)
Tiger Woods hold the Buick Open trophy after winning at the Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Woods shot a 66 to finish 24 strokes under par at the tournanment.AFP/Getty Images/Jonathan Ferrey via Yahoo News.


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