EU Steps in to Aid Ethiopia in the Aftermath of Devastating Floods,

Human Rights, World News

In the wake of the devastating floods caused by heavy rains in April and May 2024, Ethiopia is grappling with the aftermath of severe flooding that has affected over 590,000 people and displaced nearly 100,000. Responding to the crisis, the European Union (EU) has swiftly allocated €400,000 in emergency funding to provide immediate aid to the most vulnerable communities.

Out of the total funding, half will be channeled to Save the Children, one of the EU’s trusted partners, to facilitate multi-purpose cash transfers, enhance water and sanitation facilities, and implement cholera prevention and response measures in the Somali region. The remaining €200,000 will support the Ethiopia Red Cross Society’s emergency response efforts in the flood-affected areas of Oromia. This assistance will include providing food aid, implementing multi-purpose cash transfers, offering shelter, and conducting community awareness campaigns on disease prevention.

The recent flooding has exacerbated the already precarious situation faced by many Ethiopian communities, who have been grappling with the impacts of extreme weather events, such as prolonged droughts followed by severe floods. This emergency humanitarian funding from the EU will be crucial in alleviating the suffering of those affected and helping them rebuild their lives in the aftermath of this natural disaster.