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Ethiopia Extends Support to Drought Hit Somaliland

Addis Ababa February 25/2017 Ethiopia provided relief support for people affected by drought in Somaliland, the autonomous region of Somalia.

Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner for Disaster Risk Management told ENA that the support for drought affected people in Somaliland included biscuits, milk and grains.

Some 8,000 quintal various grains, 26,611 cartons of milk and 100 quintals of biscuits were provided to the people hit by drought in Somaliland, he noted.

Currently, millions of people are affected by drought in East Africa and need urgent response, of which 500,000 people are in Somaliland.

To alleviate the drought induced food shortage, the Somaliland administration has established a committee chaired by the vice-president and is working to provide urgent response.

According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the Horn of Africa received only a quarter of the expected rainfall between October and December last year, leaving over 17 million people in crisis and emergency food insecurity levels.