Thousands of Ethiopians in Afar State are facing critical food, water and health gaps almost a month after a volcano erupted in neighbouring Eritrea’s Nabro region, officials say.
The volcano started erupting on 12 June, spewing ash over hundreds of kilometres, affecting food and water sources as well as air travel in some parts. The eruption also caused an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7, Eritrea’s Information Ministry reported in a communiqué.
The adverse impacts of the volcanic ash increased reports of livestock mortality, migration, critical water shortage, human health problems and rising malnutrition among the worst volcanic affected woredas
However, Ethiopia’s federal government said it did not endorse the Afar regional government appeal and was assessing the situation.The ministry had no record of casualties, adding that it was still too early to say how many people had been affected and needed help.
Residents had been advised not to eat locally produced food in case of contamination. The effects of the eruption had increased the vulnerability of the affected population in the predominantly pastoral region. One of Ethiopia’s largest salt mines in the Afdera area could been contaminated by the volcanic ash. Experts, including
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.
Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.
All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.
You can choose the level of your support.
Stay kind, vigilant and ready!