The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced today 128-million USD additional humanitarian aid to Ethiopian Drought victims.
During the press conference held today, National Disaster Risk Management (NDRMC) Commissioner Mitku Kassa said Ethiopia has allotted over 381 million USD for drought-hit areas to bridge food and non-food shortages.
According to him, consolidated efforts of the federal and state governments to provide food and non-food amenities has enable the country to save the lives of drought affected people.
Commissioner Mitku indicated that there is no mortality across the country, even though most parts of Afar and Somali regional states, Southern Tigray and Eastern Amhara are heavily affected by the drought.
Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs Thomas H. Staal announced the new funding in Ethiopia alongside Commissioner Mitiku Kassa—a tireless partner from Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission. In his remarks, Mr. Staal said, “This new funding underscores the United States’ commitment to working with Ethiopia to prevent this drought from becoming a humanitarian catastrophe.”
However, out of the total 1.4 billon USD the government needs to provide food and non-food amenities for 10.2 million people till December 2016, only 54 percent of were secured.
With this announcement, the United States has provided nearly 705 USD million in humanitarian assistance since October 2014 and continues to be the largest donor to Ethiopia, it was learned.