Unites States provides $97 million to rescue victims of El Niño weather phenomenon in Ethiopia
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – The United States government announced it is providing nearly $97 million to rescue victims of El Niño weather phenomenon in Ethiopia.
In a press statement sent to Awramba Times, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that the donation will go directly to helping those Ethiopians who severely affected by the impacts of the El Niño weather phenomenon.
The statement also noted that the contribution includes more than 154,000 tons of emergency food assistance to address food needs of approximately 3.5 million Ethiopians as well as refugees from Somalia, South Sudan and Eritrea who have fled conflict in their own countries. USAID is contributing $58 million to its partner Catholic Relief Services for 105,700 tons of U.S. food; providing $19 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) for its drought relief operation, and $20 million for its refugee assistance.
The United States has also pre-positioned relief commodities in Ethiopia to meet anticipated increased needs from El Niño. USAID food assistance contributions have been early and robust, thanks to the early warning and careful tracking of the progression of El Niño in the Horn of Africa.
The El Niño has significantly impacted weather patterns in Ethiopia this year, limiting agricultural production, straining livelihoods, and exacerbating food insecurity among poor and vulnerable households.
According to the press statement, the projected level of need for emergency aid in Ethiopia has grown from 2.9 million people in early 2015 to 4.5 million people in August to 8.2 million people as of mid-October. As El Niño progresses into 2016, Ethiopia is likely to experience both prolonged drought and intense flooding that will further deteriorate food security.
Since summer 2015, USAID has provided nearly $246 million in food and nutrition assistance in Ethiopia, the statement added.