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Ethiopia: UN Says El Nino Floods Could Displace Thousands

By Aaron Maasho, November 23, 2015. Trust.org. Photos added by Alistair Reign.

Ethiopian children at a food distribution centre. El Nino events have caused crops to fail in some of the world's poorest countries. (Photo: STR/Reuters) Ethiopian children at a food distribution centre. El Nino events have caused crops to fail in some of the world's poorest countries. (Photo: STR/Reuters)

Floods caused by El Nino could displace more than 100,000 people in Ethiopia, where more than 8 million people are facing a food crisis because of the worst drought since a devastating 1984 famine, the United Nations said on Monday.

Failed rains during both the spring and summer have created food and water shortages in the Horn of Africa nation. The government and aid agencies say Ethiopia needs $600 million to cope with the crisis.

HRW Photo. Climate change and Ethiopia have the people of Turkana in a devastating pincer grip

Climate change and Ethiopia have the people of Turkana in a devastating pincer grip. (Photo: Human Rights Watch)

Ethiopia, brought to its knees by famine in 1984 which killed hundreds of thousands of people, now boasts one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is far better able to cope with a new crisis, experts say. The government says agriculture has a smaller role and double-digit growth forecasts will not be knocked off track this time.

El Nino has a dual impact on Ethiopia causing drought in the north, central and eastern parts of the country, and flooding in south and south eastern areas,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said in a report.

At least 210,600 people are expected to be affected by flooding and at least 105,300 people risk displacement,” it said.

The El Nino weather pattern, marked by warming sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, causes extremes such as scorching weather in some regions of the globe and heavy rains and flooding in others.

Livestock Animals East Hararghe, Oromiya Region Ethiopia. Everything has changed El Nino and the drought in Ethiopia (Photo: careclimatechange.org)

Livestock Animals East Hararghe, Oromiya Region Ethiopia. Everything has changed El Nino and the drought in Ethiopia. (Photo: careclimatechange.org)

Meteorologists expect El Nino to peak between October and January and to be one of the strongest on record.

More than 600,000 tons of wheat purchased by the Ethiopian government is expected to arrive in neighbouring Djibouti this week, the United Nations said. Addis Ababa has so far allocated more than 6 million birr ($287,480) to tackle the effects, it added.

  • Abraham Tekeste, deputy head of the National Planning Commission, told Reuters on Monday that Ethiopia’s economy was on course to meet growth forecasts of 10 percent in the 2015/16.

The structure of the economy has changed. It has become diversified now,” he said, adding agriculture now accounted for 38 percent of national income versus 60 percent only five years ago. “The economy has become resilient to shocks now.

However, consultancy group Teneo Intelligence said in a note last week growth projections of 10 percent in 2015/16 could be revised down if there is a sustained drought.

Trust.org: United Nations – El Nino floods could displace 100,000 in Ethiopia

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