Early estimates point out that the floods this year have affected almost as many people as the previous ten years combined.
Floodings in the Afar Regional State have affected more than 144.000 people as one million more were affected nationwide in Ethiopia during the past weeks, authorities reported on Thursday.
The head of Afar’s Regional State Disaster Prevention and Food Security Bureau, Mohammed Hussein, explained to local media outlets that in the state alone, 240.000 people had suffered damages as the overflow of the Awash river is causing unprecedented floodings.
“Even if the regional and federal governments, as well as different organizations, have been supporting the displaced persons surrounded by water, the assistance provided is still insufficient,” the official warned.
Hussein explained that at the same time, Afar is also struggling with a locust invasion and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has critically affected the access to clean water, medicines, and shelter.