Number of people needing relief food aid in Ethiopia reaches 7.8 million

Addis Ababa, March 13, 2018 (FBC) – The number of people in need of relief food or cash assistance in 2018 in Ethiopia has reached 7.8 million, a 37 percent increase compared to the same period the previous year.

The increase was due to the recent successive failed rains mainly in southern and eastern parts of the country, an increase in conflict-related displacement in the border areas of Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regions, and lack of recovery opportunities.

This was announced today at the launching of the 2018 Ethiopian Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners.

The HDRP seeks 1.4 billion US dollars to reach these people with emergency food or cash and non-food assistance.

Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission the government of Ethiopia, with the support of international donors and humanitarian partners, carried out robust drought response during the past two years.

According to the Commissioner, the government has committed 138 million US dollars for drought response and rehabilitation of IDPs, he added.

The 2018 Ethiopian Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) presented prioritized plans in water and sanitation (WaSH), agriculture, relief food, nutrition, health, education, protection and shelter, and non-food items in the affected areas.

Posted by Amare Asrat