Agency to move people from flood zones


The Addis Ababa Housing Development & Administration Agency  plans to move people out from areas prone to flooding. The Agency will then help them rent condos at a low price.
Starting a week ago the Agency began registering people living in the areas to rent condos for as little as 320 birr for a studio or 720 birr for a one bedroom in condos located on the outskirts of the city.  This will mean people will have to move far away from their current residence.
Selsehi Tesfaye , Addis Ababa City Fire and Emergency Prevention and Rescue Agency communication officer told Capital that  the agency has transferred  the list of homes vulnerable to flooding.
“Our job is to identify the houses which are vulnerable  to floods and disasters  and in our recent study we announced to the city administration  that  there are 20,095 households  located in the places where there is a high risk for floods and disasters and it is up to the administration to find  houses and to remove them.’’
A recent study by the agency disclosed that  900,000 different government and private institutions are vulnerable to flood disaster.
The report   identified 1,435 places at high risk of flood disaster and stated that if the necessary relocation or reconstruction does not occur a disaster may kill thousands and damage  4.2 billion birr in property.
Among the places 66 are located along the river side and 26 places are found  where a high possible land side may occur.
Most are located in Gullele and Nifas Silke Sub city, where homes are built along the river.