As the fatalities soar, authorities at the state-run Malindi Sub-County Hospital warn that the morgue is running out of space to store the bodies.
The government of Ethiopia will begin peace negotiation with the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), a rebel group active in the country's largest and most populous region.
The groups most vulnerable to malaria are children under the age of five and pregnant women, with deaths largely down to late diagnosis and treatment.
Paul Mackenzie, leader of the Good News International Church, reportedly told his followers to starve themselves in order to "meet Jesus".
PM Abiy Ahmed denies his troops entered disputed Al Fashaqa region inside Sudan, condemning "false allegation intended to cause conflict between brotherly peoples of Sudan and Ethiopia."
Antonio Guterres says he is on a solidarity visit to the troubled Horn of Africa nation, where five million people are facing high levels of food insecurity.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a statement that the plan was "for the sake of Ethiopia's national unity" and applies to all of Ethiopia's 11 regions, which have their own armies.
The truck carrying rice lost control and bumped into other vehicles in the town of Migori near the country's western border with Tanzania.
Announcement comes amid reported clashes between national and regional forces brought about by refusal among Amhara Special Forces' units to surrender weapons as part of integration process.
The rebels' departure from Bunagana has been a key demand during several rounds of mediation efforts on the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Police and other authorities unsuccessfully tried to extract the miners from the pits, which had collapsed and flooded with water from the overflowing Rugogo river.
The Ugandan troops who entered the DRC are due to deploy to several locations in Rutshuru, a region of North Kivu which is under extensive control of M23 rebels.
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