Sunday, July 31, 2011

World Bank Drought Plan Focuses on Ethiopia, Kenya

The bank's Country Director for East Africa Johannes Zutt says over $600 million is being made available to those affected by the drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But only $9 million is going directly toward disaster relief in Somalia, the worst hit country in East Africa. According to the director, The Horn of Africa faces recurring droughts, but climate change is making them more intense. “In the longer term, it's important for the countries of the Horn to prepare for recurring droughts;” said the director. He added that all climate models agree that temperatures in the Horn of Africa will increase by one to three-and-a-half degrees Celsius over the coming decades. Read more...

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