Aid agencies hope rain in April eases drought impact


ESAT News (May 17, 2017)

Aid agencies hope the anticipated rain in April would ease the persisted dry condition and have also positive contribution for the improvement of pasture and drinking water in the pastoral areas.

Relief web, the digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said on Wednesday that the anticipated near normal rainfall during the month of April 2017 over Oromo, Benishangul Gumuz, Amhara, Afar, Tigray and Southern regions of Ethiopia would have positive contribution for the existing Belg season’s agricultural activities.

The agency however said the expected flash flood in relation to the strength of weather systems might have negative impact in some localities.

About 5.6 million people face the threat of starvation in Ethiopia, coupled with deadly cholera epidemic especially in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian regime has been accused of covering up repeated cholera epidemic by international health experts, who fear millions of people are at risk of dying from the scourge.