July 3 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. will provide emergency food relief for 1.3 million people in Ethiopia for the next three months as the country faces its worst drought in a decade, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said.
“Through no fault of its own, the Horn of Africa is experiencing a severe drought caused by the failed rains,” Mitchell said in an e-mailed statement today. “Britain is acting quickly and decisively in Ethiopia to stop this crisis becoming a catastrophe.”
“This situation needs an international response and Britain is calling on the international community to provide the fast, effective relief that Ethiopia needs now in this difficult time,” he said.
The UN World Food Program said June 29 that drought is threatening around 9 million people contending with rising food costs and conflict across Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and parts of Uganda.
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