Members Discussed on the Current Drought at the 243rd General Assembly of CCRDA
Nigussie Kefeni explaining about the current drought
CCRDA held its 243rd General Assembly meeting on January 28, 2015. During the meeting, a representing of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), Coordinator of Early Warning and Response Team, Nigussie Kefeni, explained about the current drought situation and the concerted efforts of GOs and NGOs in addressing the challenge.
Nigussie said that the failure of the belg (mid February to May) and meher (June to September) rains had resulted in drought that is currently affecting 10.2 million people across Ethiopia. According to Nigussie’s presentation, 186 woredas are affected by the drought.
He said so far the government has spent 381 million US dollars to purchase over 797,000 metric tons of grains to fill the relief and food need for 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. The Ethiopian government is currently supporting 6.1 million beneficiaries affected by drought. Joint Emergency Operation Plan (JEOP) partners, a group of six NGOs, are helping 2.66 people, while World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food aid to 1.5 million beneficiaries that reside in Somali Regional State.
Some of the participants
Nigussie noted the number of beneficiaries of the Therapeutic Feeding Program, who are children under 5 years of age and pregnant and lactating women has increased from 18,333 in January 2015 to 321,776 in November 2015.
He said generally the number of people who are in need of food aid is decreasing after August 2015 after some areas harvested what they produced with the meher rain. He said situations are expected to improve this year as the meteorological forecast indicates that most parts of the country get normal and above normal belg rain.