Floods Threaten Displacement of One Million Citizens in Ethiopia

According to the Disaster Risk Management Commission, approximately one million people in Ethiopia are at risk of displacement due to floods.

Ethiopia experiences three distinct seasons, with autumn being one of them, lasting four months. This season serves as the primary rainy period for the southern half of the country.

During the autumn season, spanning from February to May, regions such as Somali, Guji, Borena, Sidama, South Ethiopia, and southwestern Ethiopia typically receive 55 percent of their annual rainfall.

However, it also acts as the secondary rainy season for East and South Tigray, North and South Wolo zones, Amhara, Oromia North Showa zones, and the central region including Addis Ababa, as well as the eastern areas like Harar and Dredawa.

The Ethiopian Meteorological Institute of 2024 has forecasted above-normal rainfall and distribution during the fall season, especially in areas experiencing both the main and secondary rainy seasons.

Just two weeks ago, over 12 people lost their lives due to floods in Addis Ababa, the nation’s capital, with similar incidents causing casualties and property damage across various regions of the country.

Conversely, some parts of Ethiopia are facing drought conditions, leading to a dire need for aid among millions of citizens annually.

Particularly affected regions include the Borena zones of the Somali and Oromia regions, along with areas in the southern part of the country.

The combination of conflict and drought is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, with an increasing number of citizens requiring assistance.

A recent statement from the People’s Ombudsman Institute confirmed nearly 400 deaths from starvation in the Tigray and Amhara regions, including 21 children.

The United Nations reports that over 20 million people in Ethiopia are in need of humanitarian aid due to the dual challenges of drought and conflict.

The Ethiopian Disaster and Risk Management Commission highlights the urgent need for food aid, particularly in Tigray, Afar, and Amhara regions, where approximately 4 million people require immediate assistance.

By ethionegari@gmail.com

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