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The EU releases € 2 million in response to deadly floods in Ethiopia
Nairobi/Addis Ababa, 13 June 2018 – The European Commission has allocated € 2 million to assist those most affected by the ongoing floods and landslides plaguing Ethiopia.
The European Commission has allocated € 2 million to assist those most affected by the ongoing floods and landslides plaguing Ethiopia which has affected thousands of people. "Heavy floods have struck Ethiopia for the past few weeks causing death, widespread destruction and displacement, both within the country and in the region. We stand by Ethiopia and the communities affected by the flooding at this difficult time. The EU's solidarity will reach the most vulnerable and provide them with lifesaving support and the emergency supplies they need to survive," said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
The EU funding will ensure the provision of emergency shelter, items such as mosquito nets and blankets and access to clean drinking water. With record rainfall battering the Horn of Africa, today's funding to the region comes in addition to the €1.5 million allocated in May in response to the devastating floods hitting Kenya.
Since mid-April, heavy rains in Ethiopia have led to flooding, particularly in the Somali Region, Oromia, Afar and Southern Nations and Nationalities Regions, affecting more than 350 000 people and displacing more than 209 000. The effect of the floods on the population is particularly worrying as the affected communities have already been weakened by severe drought over the past two years. Moreover, with the rains and flooding comes the increasing risk of waterborne diseases outbreaks.
Due to the multiple ongoing crises in the Ethiopia, resources to respond are limited and the level of the needs significantly surpasses the assistance provided so far. The EU supports humanitarian partners to assist the over 900 000 refugees in the country, the over 1.4 million people displaced due to the recent internal conflict and the populations affected by the climatic shocks and food insecurity.
For more information: EU Humanitarian Aid to Ethiopia