Floods and Drought: Ethiopia gyrates between dangerous climate change extremes

July 14, 2011ADDIS ABABA, (IRIN) – While the ongoing drought has seriously undermined the food security of up to 4.5 million people in Ethiopia, a threat posed by expected flooding during the second half of 2011 could exacerbate the situation, say meteorological officials. Ethiopia’s meteorological agency has forecast normal to above-normal rainfall during the June-September rainy season, with the risk of flooding in western, northwestern and central areas. Areas around Lake Tana in Amhara region, parts of Gambella and along the Awash basin in Afar region are likely to be affected by floods. “Parts of these areas, particularly in low-lying [areas] and near riverbanks, could face flooding as we usually anticipate in this season,” said Diriba Koricha, the director of Forecast and Early Warning Department at the agency. However, “as the season progresses in August and September, swift but heavy rainfalls could result in flooding anywhere”, he said, adding that further preparation was needed to prevent any humanitarian crisis. Launching an appeal on 11 July for drought aid, Ethiopia’s Agriculture Ministry said the country’s food security situation had deteriorated since the beginning of the year to the La Niña-induced drought currently ravaging parts of the country. The country requires US$398 million for food and non-food aid between July and December 2011. he government made the appeal as humanitarian actors reported funding shortfalls. Judith Schuler, World Food Programme (WFP) Ethiopia spokeswoman, said many of its food assistance activities in Ethiopia “face significant funding shortfalls.” –IRIN News
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5 Responses to Floods and Drought: Ethiopia gyrates between dangerous climate change extremes

  1. may god bless them..
    next year i will come to affica.


  2. Luca says:

    Breaks my heart. Praying always.


  3. Jennifer says:


    Do you mind looking into why the Gulf was at 1am 100 degrees off of Louisiana??

    Here is the link….. and thank you in advance.

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMKc2NiLhJU

    Many thanks to you!


    • I did and there’s not much to it. The temperatures 90-98 F are well within the average range for July- perhaps a bit warmer because of the weather but certainly not uncharacteristic for anything in July. The Gulf of Mexico has one of the largest hypoxic zones as you know and that has been exacerbated due to the inordinate amount of fertilizer runoff from record flooding in the Mississippi River that has emptied into the Gulf of Mexico. I’ll enclose a couple of links for you to check out including the NOAA research site on the Gulf of Mexico:
      And a report literally from a man in the water reporting about temp averages in the Gulf of Mexico. Check on the website info and watch the video- it’s quite informative



  4. ashuka says:

    My heart goes out to the people of Africa!!


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