Number of people in need of emergency aid increases to over 7.7 mln: Commission

Addis Ababa, April 27, 2017 (FBC) – The number of people in need of emergency food aid has increased to more than 7.7 million, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission.

The number of people requiring aid at the beginning of 2017 decreased to 5.6 million people from 10.2 million people in 2016.

However, it increased to more than 7.7 million now, according to Abebe Zewdie, public relations director of the commission.

The increase is mainly attributable to the drought occurred in some lowland areas of Oromia, Amhara and SNNP regional states as well as due to lower Meher production than expected, he indicated.

The country needs 742 million US dollars to help these people with emergency food and non-food assistance and more than 432,000 metric tons of grain until the end of June.

He said the government has been providing humanitarian assistance in drought hit areas to avoid drought related loss of life.

The drought severely affected livestock, he said, adding the government has so far distributed 250,000 bales of hay in three regional states (160,000 in Oromia; 40,000 in SNNP; 50,000 Ethiopian Somali).

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat