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Famine: Ethiopia mulls command post to manage emergency food aid

The National Disaster Risk Management Commission in Ethiopia is to establish a national command post which will manage emergency food assistance in drought-hit pastoral parts of the country.The establishment of the command post is aimed at addressing the gaps and occasional delays in the delivery and provision of aid, Mitiku Kassa, commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, told journalists on Tuesday.

Members of the command post will be drawn from federal and regional state offices, he said.

Currently, 5.6 million people are in need of food aid in Ethiopia due to drought which mainly hit the Ethiopian Somali, Oromia and South states.

The government has so far spent more than $724 million to cope with the drought and also appealed for additional $948 million to address the food and non-food needs of the affected people.

If the international community remains reluctant to provide the required aid, the federal government, in partnership with regional states will work jointly to prevent loss of a single life by the drought, the commissioner said.

The country was able to cope with the El-Nino induced drought which affected over 10.2 million Ethiopians last fiscal year.

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