Ethiopia has denied the warning by the UN that 7.8 million people will run out of emergency food aid by the end of this month.
The Commissioner for Disaster Risk Management Mitiku Kassa told the BBC that far fewer people will be affected:
“It’s true that in some areas food will run out by the end of the month but this will only affect around 1.7 million people.
“We expect the donor community to step in and fill that gap and we are hopeful. But if they fail to do that we will have to use some of our development budget to provide emergency assistance to our people,” he said.