The number of people in need of relief food or cash assistance in Ethiopia has reached to 7.8 million, a 37 percent increase compared to the same period last year.The humanitarian aid need was announced on Tuesday by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners, when launching the 2018 Ethiopian Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) in Addis Ababa.
The increase was attributed to successive failed rains mainly in southern and eastern parts of the country, an increase in conflict-related displacement in the border areas of Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regions, and a lack of recovery opportunities.
The HDRP seeks $1.4 billion to reach these people with emergency food or cash and non-food assistance.
Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, said the government has committed $138 million for drought response and the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, IDPs.
The 2018 HDRP prioritizes water and sanitation (WaSH), agriculture, relief food, nutrition, health, education, protection and shelter, and non-food items in the affected areas.