JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Ethiopia is in danger of running out of emergency food relief next month as drought victims has peaked at 7.8 million victims. The aid, provided by United Nations’ World Food Program only provided the East African country with aid to cover 1.7 million people.
The Ethiopian government is supposed to match the aid for the remaining 6.1 million in private donations and public government assistance.
According to the Associated Press, Ethiopia’s commissioner for disaster risk management Mitiku Kassa said, “We expect the donor community to step in to fill that gap and we are hopeful. But if they fail to do that, we will have to use some of our development budget to provide emergency assistance to our people.”
Although the country has been able to maintain with a substantial in the past, analysts are skeptical about its third year with scant seasonal rains, drastically affecting South Sudan and is looming areas in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.
Cattle are dying as a result of widespread famine. In addition, a cholera outbreak is circulating mainly among children and young adults.
John Graham of Save The Children, told AFP news agency, “After [the food runs out], we don’t know what is going to happen. And without that basic food then you will have problem falling into severe malnutrition because people are not getting any food.”
SOURCE: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS