AthleticsAFRICA - Gebrselassie aids floods victims

The UN at this point is very busy managing the crisis in the middle East, But there is also a humanitarian crisis in Africa.

Floods in EthiopiaIn the eastern Ethiopian town of Dire Dawa, more than 191 people have been killed and several thousands others were displaced and others reported missing in the Addis Ketema, Genfele, Coca Cola and other neighbouring areas.

As the people cries for help, the President Girma Wolde-Giorgis commiserate with the victims families and sends his condolences. One man though, has risen up to help.

He's none othe than the Ethiopia’s former two-time Olympic and four-time World 10,000m champion Haile Gebrselassie. Haile has donated a total of ETB 150,000 (USD 17,000) to assist victims of massive floods in the Eastern Ethiopian town of Dire Dawa, according to the IAAF.

Around 200 have already died and 300 others are still missing after the Dechatu River burst its banks and flooded Dire Dawa town on Saturday night. The death toll is expected to rise as police intensifies rescue.

He told journalists recently: “I am grieving with the people of Dire Dawa for their huge loss. Their loss is the loss of all Ethiopians. It is in the Ethiopian culture to extend a helping hand to all those who are in need of help in the time of crisis. This is a small help we hope to provide.”


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