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Death holes

Storm drains are designed to drain excess rain and ground water from impervious surfaces such as paved streets, car parks, parking lots, and sidewalks. Storm drains vary in design from small residential dry wells to large municipal systems. These storm drains can, at times, become quite dangerous and fatal especially when the seals are left open.  In Addis Ababa alone, dozens have died falling in the storm drains and according to the Addis Ababa City Roads Authority (AACRA) more than 5,000 storm drain seals have been stolen.