Prime Minister Hailemariam underlines government responses to the drought (Oct 20, 2015)

Prime Minister Hailemarim Desalegn gave details of the Government’s response to the impact of the drought in an interview with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and Zami FM on Friday last week (October 16). He said the Government had so far spent some two billion birr on relief and support, and it would continue to make every effort to provide assistance and help for those affected. The latest figures suggest over eight million will need assistance for the next few months and possibly longer. The Prime Minister said the Government had begun to make efforts to mitigate the effect of the El Nino phenomenon, as soon as the alarm had been sounded by early warning systems. It would. He emphasized strongly, continue to do everything possible to make every effort to protect people from the effects of environment-related insecurity