Drought brings flooding
Ethiopians have been experiencing one of the worst droughts in 50 years, specifically in the Oromia region, due to the toll that El Nino has taken on the land. Livestock are skin and bone, and farmers are suffering as agricultural exports are a major source of income in this country. People have been hoping for rain to wet the parched ground and save crops that have withered in the sun. The rains have finally come, but at a cost.
Earlier this week, heavy rains fell on Ethiopia, but they brought more harm than good. Due to the drought in the region the ground was unable to receive the heavy rainfall, causing massive flooding and landslides to occur.
Reporters and news agencies are commenting and sharing information by the day, of what is currently taking place in Ethiopia. Over 50 people have died, and hundreds of heads of livestock have been lost. The rains also washed out fields of seeds, affecting over 1,381 acres of farmland. It has also been estimated that over 20,000 families have been displaced from their homes, and that extensive flooding is hindering the distribution of supplies and resources.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is estimating that 500, 000 people will be displaced over the course of the rainy season. Money is being raised for food provisions, but there is more that needs to be done in order to help those in Ethiopia recover from one of the worst droughts that they have experienced, and now from flooding and landslides.
Please join us as we pray for those who are struggling to provide for their families, and those who have lost crops, livestock and loved ones to first the drought, and then severe flooding. Our team is continuing their work in Ethiopia and will share updates and news on what is currently taking place. Thank you for your continued support.