Mil­lions need food

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

AD­DIS ABABA: A gov­ern­ment min­is­ter said yes­ter­day that 7.8 mil­lion peo­ple in Ethiopia needed food as­sis­tance due to a pro­longed drought wors­ened by the El Niño weather con­di­tion.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Negeri Len­cho said the gov­ern­ment had set aside $50 mil­lion (nearly R642m) for drought re­lief.

In the be­gin­ning of the year, the Ethiopian gov­ern­ment had put the num­ber at 5.6 mil­lion, but later re­vised it to 7.2 mil­lion.

“The Ethiopian gov­ern­ment had an­tic­i­pated the drought and as such is pro­vid­ing wa­ter and food to peo­ple, school feeding pro­grammes to school stu­dents and an­i­mal feed to live­stock.”

He ad­mit­ted that other in­ter­na­tional crises were hav­ing some im­pact on the amount of aid the Ethiopian gov­ern­ment was re­ceiv­ing. Xin­hua –

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