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Death Toll From Ethiopia Floods Up to 254


The death toll is growing in Ethiopia where rescue workers are focusing on efforts to recover bodies six days after flash floods ripped through the township of Dire Dawa.

Authorities say 254 people have now been confirmed dead in what officials call the worst flooding disaster ever recorded in the country.

Officials say the bodies of three adults and one child were discovered Thursday. An estimated 300 people are still missing.

Dire Dawa township is located more than 500 kilometers east of the capital, Addis Ababa.

The township was flooded when the rain-swollen Dechatu river burst its banks last Saturday. Many people, including children, drowned in their homes as they slept.

Authorities have extended the search area up to 60 kilometers downstream to allow families to search for the bodies of their missing loved ones.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.