Humanitarian aid is distributed inclusively to the regions of Tigray, Amhara and Afar by including support and naming it “Northern Ethiopia”.
Introducing journalists to the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was marked in Ethiopia yesterday, National Disaster Commissioner Mitiku Kassa said that Ethiopia provides 70 percent of humanitarian support distributed to victims of natural and human rights disasters.
International Disaster Risk Reduction Day was marked under the motto: “Only together can we save our planet.”
Commissioner Mitiku further noted that more than 700,000 were displaced in the Amhara and Afar regions due to the TPLF terrorist invasion of neighboring regional states, following the government’s withdrawal from the Tigray region in June 2021.
According to him, the nation has the capacity to provide humanitarian support to those in need, including internally displaced persons due to the TPLF terrorist attack in northern Ethiopia.
He said emergency intervention coordination centers have been established in Bahir Daru and Semeri to facilitate humanitarian access for IDPs.
In the meantime, command posts were established in Dessie and North Wall.
The Commissioner further stated that although some international aid agencies provide humanitarian assistance, support is inadequate compared to the number of internally displaced persons.
Mitiku called on international humanitarian aid agencies to expand humanitarian support to areas not easily accessible to the Ethiopian government due to the TPLF’s provocative terrorist actions.
He revealed that the government is currently buying one million tons of wheat because 70 percent of the humanitarian aid is covered by the Ethiopian government.
Nevertheless, the nation is committed to working with international organizations to provide humanitarian support and work on disaster reduction.
As humanitarian support, however, does not provide a sustainable solution, the Commissioner stressed the need to pay close attention to disaster reduction.
According to him, the disaster reduction works so far have brought notable results.