UN Seeks Humanitarian Aid for Ethiopia, Sri Lanka

    The United Nations is seeking USD227 million in food aid for Ethiopians and will revise its existing flash appeal for flood victims in Sri Lanka.

    Some 2.8 million Ethiopians will require emergency food aid this year, according to the U.N. and Ethiopian government. They add that some USD227 million is needed to finance programs in the country for the first six months.

    Inadequate rains and limited humanitarian access have aggravated food problems in the African nation, Reuters reports.

    Meanwhile, the global agency is expected to modify its USD51 million flash appeal for flood-ravaged Sri Lanka by the end of the month, as the second wave of flooding hits the Asian nation. The heaviest rains in almost 100 years have hit Sri Lanka starting Dec. 26, causing massive floods and landslides, according to the U.N.

    U.N. resident humanitarian coordinator in Sri Lanka Neil Buhne said the effect of the second wave of floods is greater than those of the first as Sri Lanka’s capacity to deal with the disaster has already been diminished.

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      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.