Oct 27, 2015

Ethiopia experiencing ‘worst drought in 30 years’ due to El Niño conditions – UN report

Dalol
Ethiopia
by
United Nations
Dry earth in the desert plains of the Danakil depression in northern Ethiopia. Photo: Siegfried Modola, IRIN
Dry earth in the desert plains of the Danakil depression in northern Ethiopia. Photo: Siegfried Modola, IRIN

Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years according to the United Nations, with levels of acute need across all humanitarian sectors having already exceeded levels seen in the Horn of Africa drought of 2011, and which are projected to become far more severe in 2016...The impact of the failed spring belg rains was compounded by the arrival of the El Niño weather conditions that weakened summer kiremt rains that feed 80 to 85 per cent of the country. This greatly expanded food insecurity, malnutrition and devastated livelihoods across six affected regions of the country.