After its worst drought in 50 years, Ethiopia is being lashed by floods. Quartz Africa

May 16th, 2016 Print Print Email Email

A year of drought has left 10.2 million Ethiopians, almost a tenth of the population, without enough food. Now, heavy rains are flooding the country, displacing thousands and killing already weakened livestock needed to feed Africa’s second most populous country.

Ethiopia, one of the most promising economic stories on the continent over the past decade, is now facing a humanitarian and economic crisis reminiscent of the famine that hit the country in the 1980s after a similar drought. It’s an image the country has tried to distance itself from as it has transformed into one of Africa’s few hubs for manufacturing.

Floods could displace 200,000 people as well as worsen food insecurity caused by the country’s worst drought in half a century, according to aid workers. “Roads are turning into raging rivers and our trucks carrying food assistance are unable to reach many communities,” the Norwegian Refugee Council said this month. Cows and other livestock, weak after months of drought, are dying in heavy rains that are expected to continue for at least a few more weeks.

The government and international donors have pledged over $700 million in emergency aid but experts say the country still needs $600 million more. Emergency supplies for flood-hit communities are running low, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Ethiopia. Now, the IMF predicts economic growth of just 4.5% this year, down from a previous projection of 7%.
With attention focused on the refugee crisis in Syria, some fear Ethiopia is being ignored. “The Middle East and the migrant crisis has diverted attention from our partners,” said Mitiku Kassa, Ethiopia’s minister for food security.

  1. Taazabiw
    | #1

    DEAR ABUGIDAS
    WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ETHIOPIA
    IS IT PROGRESS OR REGRESSION ?
    THERE IS SOMETHING THAT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND AND THAT ALWAYS PUZZLES ME
    THAT IS
    WHY IS THAT THE FOREIGNERS THINK AS IF THEY KNOW NOT ONLY THE SOLUTIONS
    TO ALL PROBLEMS BUT ALSO SEEM TO KNOW THE INSIDE OUT OF ANY COUNTRY AND
    ALL ITS PROBLEMS,SOCIETY AND EVEN CULTURE AND USE IT AS AN EXPERIMENTAL
    FIELD LABORATORY TO TEST ALL KINDS OF IDEAS ( SOME PRIMITIVE OTHERS IN
    THE DISTANT FUTURE )AND THE RECEIPENT GOVERNMENTS LIKE ETHIOPIA STAND
    PASSIVELY AND ACCEPT ANY PRESCRIPTION AS IT COMES WHETHER FROM AN AMATEUR
    OR PROFESSIONAL FOREIGNER IN THE NAME OF ADVISOR ? ? ????????????????????
    SO FAR I HAVE SEEN & OBSERVED THAT MANY LONG FOREGONE IDEAS PERTAINING TO
    AN INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY BEING RE TESTED ANEW ON THE ETHIOPIAN POLITICAL
    FIELD UNDER THE NOSE OF THE EPRDF GOVERNMENT WHICH I THINK REMAINED AND
    CHOSE TO BE SILENT OR PASSIVE NOT TO LOOSES SOME HANDOUTS EXTENDED TO IT
    BY SOME FOREIGN NGO’S WHILE THE SOCIETAL ILLS FROM APRTHEID SOUTH AFRICA,
    US BLACK/WHITE RACE RELATIONS AND OTHER COUNTRIES AND SOCIETIES HAVE BEEN
    TESTED AND IMPLEMENTED IN THE NAME OF POST COLD WAR DEVELOPMENTAL DEMO -
    - CRACY GOVERNING SYSTEM WHICH HAD NEVER EVEN EXISTED IN THE DERGUE ERA
    OF SOCIALIST SYSTEM LET ALONE IN THE NEW MILLENIA OR MODERN ERA OF LIBERTY , FREEDOM AND ENLIGHTENEMENT PREVAILING IN THE WORLD SUPPORTED
    BY PROGRESS IN COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE ???

  2. ድንቁ
    | #2

    በአሁኑ ዘመን ድርቅ ሰው ሰራሽ እንጅ በተፈጥሮ ማሳበብ ስህተት ነው! ደርግ የተከለውንም ደን አጥፉ፣አቃጥሉ አይጠቅማችሁም በማለት ሕዝብን በማነሳሳት በደን ላይ ዘመቻ ነው የተያያለው!
    ደኑን ሽፍታ ገብታልና አቃጥሉት፣መንጥሩት፣በጭስ አፍኑት በአጋዚ ወታደር ማቃጠል አጋዚ እኮ ሰውን ብቻ አይደለም የሚገድለው ለሰው ልጆች ሕይወት ተስማሚ የሆነው ደንንም አጥፍቶል!
    ድርቅ በጎጠኛች፣የተዘጋጀ የኢትዮጵያዊያን መቅጫ መሳሪያ!
    በሃገራችን የተፈጥሮ ሃብት መጠቀም ባንችል የበይ ተመላካች እንሁን ግን አትግደሉን!አታፈናቅሉን! በአጋዚ በዘራችንን ላይ ዘመቻችሁን አቁሙልን! እባካችሁ ወያኔዎችና የወያኔ ተባባሪዎች ኢትዮጵያዊያን አትግደሉ በቃ!በቃ፣አይነጋም ወይ?
    ድንቁ

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