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Original Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 18:02:46 -0500
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Fish From the Sky!
Updated 8:34 AM ET June 1, 2000
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Drought-stricken peasant farmers
tending their fields in southern Ethiopia got a nasty shock when the
heavens opened and they were pelted by fish, a local newspaper
"The unusual rain of fish which dropped in millions from the air --
some dead and others still struggling -- created panic among the
mostly religious farmers," the weekly Amharic newspaper said.
Saloto Sodoro, a fish expert in the region, attributed the phenomenon
to heavy storms in the Indian Ocean which swept up the fish before
shedding them on the unsuspecting farmers.
Southern Ethiopia has been in the grip of a severe drought for two
years which aid officials say threatens the lives of up to 8 million
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