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Ethiopian floods feared to have killed 870

Ethiopia appealed for international help on Wednesday after the death toll from a devastating series of floods this month rose to some 870.
"The situation is beyond the capacity of our region, and we appeal to the international community to come to our assistance," said southern regional administrator Shesaraw Shegute.

In the remote south, thousands of people are marooned by the flooding and desperate for food and shelter. Poor weather and impassable roads are hampering relief efforts.

The government warned of more floods in all parts of the country. After weeks of heavy rain, the country's major hydropower dams are holding more water than required and could spill over, as numerous rivers have done.

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