$1.4b required to mitigate Ethiopian drought – official

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  • Posted on December 13, 2015

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At least $1.4 billion is required to mitigate the effects of drought and feed starving populations in Ethiopia until December 2016, the head of the country’s disaster prevention agency told diplomats and humanitarian workers in Addis Ababa on Saturday.Mitiku Kassa, General Secretary of the National Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee briefing embassies and humanitarian agencies on the scale of the El Nino triggered drought and aid required to deal with the humanitarian crisis, said the number of people in need of relief assistance is rising daily.

The population of needy increased to 4.2 million in August this year from 2.9 million at the end of last year.

The figure has now soared to 8.9 million and is also projected to reach 10.2 million next month, he said.

According to him, 400,000 children are projected to suffer from malnutrition and 3.6 million people from health-related problems.

Kassa said Ethiopia shelters several refugees and donors should also take this into consideration.

The government in Addis Ababa has so far spent $200 million to support people living in areas hit by the drought, he added.

Ambassadors from more than 50 countries as well as humanitarian agencies from US, Sweden, Canada and UK, including UNICEF, Save the Children and USAID were present at the briefing aimed at sensitizing them about the drought situation.

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