ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia said Monday it needed $398 million to help millions of people in need of food aid due to a severe drought.
The Horn of Africa region has been hit by one of its worst droughts in decades which has left millions of people facing starvation.
“It is estimated that a total of 4.5 million people will require humanitarian assistance during the remaining period of the current year from July to December 2011,” Agriculture Minister Mitiku Kassa told reporters.
The figure marks a 40-percent rise in those needing food aid since April.
On Saturday, the UN emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos called for long-term solutions to curb the effects of the severe drought in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has also seen an influx of Somalis seeking relief from the harsh drought and food scarcity.
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