Ethiopia drought and floods

What's happening in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia has a population of 77 million people, 93% of whom work in agriculture. About 40% of the population lives on less than US$1 per day.

Drought, poverty and hunger have blighted the country for the last 50 years. In 2009, the Gu (July to September) rains failed again in most parts of the Somali region in the south east, causing further crop failure and loss of livestock. 1.9 million people need food and clean water.

Since April 2010, we there have also been heavy rains in the east Hararghe zone which caused the Erar river to break its banks, creating flooding across 30km² of land affecting 42,000 people. The floods destroyed crops, farming equipment and vital infrastructure, and contaminated water supplies.

Ethiopia drought in pictures

What is HelpAge doing?

HelpAge is working to restore water and sanitation facilities in drought-affected communities.

We are providing essential items such as jerry cans, water containers, sanitation and hygiene items, such as soap, to 3,750 families.

200,000 livestock will also benefit from improved access to water.

HelpAge is also working in the drought-affected Borana region, providing essential emergency aid to 15,000 people and 30,000 livestock.

In flooded areas, HelpAge is working with local partner Aged and Children Pastoralist Association to provide immediate emergency relief by rebuilding irrigation canals and distributing seed to almost 10,000 people affected by the floods. 

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