More than 2 Million Vulnerable to Floods this Rainy Season: Commission

More than two million people across the country affected by floods this rainy season, according to the Management Committee for Disaster Risk.

Risk Management Committee Disaster early warning and Response Director, Almaz Demisse told ENA that “about 2,066,683 people are at risk. Of the 434,154 are expected to move during the season. “

Although some regions have sufficient rainfall, flooding will occur in all regions and two city administrations at different levels, he added.

“We are preparing a plan for humanitarian response and send it to governmental and non-governmental relevant sectoral offices to allocate the necessary budget to meet the challenge.”

The director invited interested parties to prepare their own plan that could respond to the nature of the problems by adhering to flood prevention measures.

National Meteorological Agency predicted above normal precipitation will be recorded in parts of the northwest, west and south-west of the country during this rainy season.

Early warning agency director, said Chali Debele unprecedented flooding could occur after rainfall above the normal range during the season.

He stressed the need for collaboration to address challenges such as pandemic COVID-19 and the locust situation in the desert could worsen the problem.

Chali said that drought risk is not expected that many parts of the rain reception areas get sufficient amount of rain.

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