Significant drought impacting Ethiopia

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The Dun Laoghaire based humanitarian agency has received €300,000 from the government to assist in its ongoing response to the deteriorating drought conditions in the southern and eastern parts of the country.

These funds are allowing GOAL to upscale efforts in water delivery to the affected population, well/spring maintenance, and hygiene promotion.

GOAL reports that the drought is particularly affecting pastoralist/desert areas of the country, where oxen, camel and goats are the main livelihood resources. Cattle are dying in large numbers and GOAL will shortly start a scheme to incinerate carcasses to prevent the spread of illness. In recent days there has been some scattered rains, but not nearly sufficient, as yet, to improve the situation.

GOAL’s team on the ground has been tankering water to some of the worst affected areas to meet basic needs and to stave off health problems, due to lack of water.