About 1.3 billion USD is needed to provide life-saving assistance in Ethiopia for more than 8.3 people in need, according to the government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners.
According to government data, these people will require relief food/cash and non-food assistance during the year.
Today the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners formally launch the 2019 Ethiopia Humanitarian Response Plan in the capital Addis Ababa.
In the discussion, the commissioner stated that 1.3 billion USD is needed to support 8.3 million people with emergency food or cash and non-food assistance.
Nearly 2.8 million people are those who are internally displaced following ethnic-based conflicts in different parts of the nation.
According to the National Disaster, Risk Management Commission Commissioner, Mitiku Kassa, 46 percent of the total people are in Oromia region, 22 percent Somali region, 22 percent Amhara region 10 percent in SNNPR and Tigray and Afar Regions each occupy 4 percent.
The government has allocated 60 percent of the budget for food and non-food aid, while the remaining 40 is planned to be collected from both local and foreign donors, He said.
Last year, In addition to 595 million USD donated by international donors, the Ethiopian government allocated nearly, 342 USD for humanitarian aids.
The humanitarian situation in 2019 will remain similar to 2018 mainly due to mass internal displacements in various parts of the country, and related humanitarian and protection needs.
In addition, communities who suffered consecutive years of severe drought, who lost productive assets, or took on significant debts to shoulder the brunt of the crisis, will continue to need sustained humanitarian assistance and recovery during the year.