Ethiopia food crisis 2016
Over eight million people already need humanitarian aid but this number could rise significantly over the next few months without urgent support. The UN's humanitarian organisation OCHA estimates that as many as 15 million could be affected by next year.
The drought is probably going to be as bad as that of 1984/85 but the impact will be very different as Ethiopia has changed enormously in the last 30 years
El Nino and climate change have both contributed to the situation - the drought is a result of this year's super El Nino but also comes on the back of 12 to 18 months of erratic or failed rains.
Since June we have been working in the Siti Zone of the Somali region, distributing animal feed, rehabilitating waterholes, helping people bury their dead animals and building latrines for around 7000 people who have had to leave their homes. We've also been trucking in water for more than 2000 households on daily basis. In Afar region we've been trucking in water since October for over 800 households and installing water reservoirs. In West Arsi, Oromia region we've been providing cash-for-work support to 6000 people.
We've reached around 150,000 people so far, and are aiming to reach 750-800,000.
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