The United Nation’s humanitarian agency says it is concerned by the worsening drought in Ethiopia and needs more funds to step up its response.
The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) said on Wednesday that the drought has impacted four million people in the conflict-ridden Amhara and Oromia regions, as well as Afar and Tigray.
The agency added that multiple and often overlapping crises have severely weakened people’s ability to cope with climate shocks such as drought – leaving millions of people vulnerable to falling even further into severe need and hardship.
The federal government in Addis Ababa has previously allayed fears of a looming famine, and has said that it is working to provide aid.
Meanwhile, Tigray authorities have revealed that more than two hundred people had starved to death, after warning last month that the region was on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe.